CANLMAN was created in 1999. It provides a high performance Metropolitan Area Network to educational establishments within the North West of the United Kingdom. The network is based on high bandwidth fibre optic cables between and around Regional Netwok Entry Points (RNEPs) at Carlisle and Lancaster. There are additional Points of Presence (PoPs) in Barrow and Blackpool with more planned. HE, FE, and ACL sites in the region connect to CANLMAN RNEPs or PoPs usually at 1Gb/s or 100Mb/s.

CANLMAN is a consortium made up of Carlisle College, The University of Cumbria and Lancaster University. Lancaster University is the "Lead Institution" and as such operates the network. CANLMAN is a Regional Partner Academic Network (RPAN) of the Joint Academic Network (JANET(UK)) and is subject to the JANET Acceptable Use Policy.

Educational establishments in Cumbria and North & East Lancashire interested in connecting to the JANET network via CANLMAN should contact JANET(UK) in the first instance: How to Connect to JANET

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