UBUNTUNET ALLIANCE FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATION NETWORKING is the alliance of Eastern and South African National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) supporting a vibrant connected research and education community.

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Our Network

Our Network interconnects National Research and Education Networks across Eastern and Southern Africa. They in turn provide broadband Internet Connectivity to universities and other research and education institutions in their respective countries.

Through our high-speed network, the NRENs (and by extension the research and education institutions) are connected to their peers in over 100 countries across the globe.

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Membership Services

We provide services that leverage on our network. These include free services provided to our NRENs and their member institutions in support of their academic and research agenda; and subscription-based services either directly or in collaboration with commercial service providers.

Our services fall into the following categories:

  • Capacity Building
  • Cloud and Storage Services
  • Collaboration and Learning
  • Cyber Security
  • Monitoring
  • Trust and Identity

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, October 31-November 1

The 17th Annual UbuntuNet Connect Conference brings together experts, practitioners, academics, researchers, and policy makers from the Eastern and Southern Africa Research and Education Networking Community to share, learn and network.

Our Members

Burundi Research and Education Network (BERNET) contributes to solving the problems of access to content and online services thanks to an affordable bandwidth for Burundian universities. As a result, BERNET is not only improving the quality of connectivity for academic and research institutions, but also reducing the cost of bandwidth for these institutions. BERNET operates as an Association (a non-profit organization) of public and private Universities as well as Research Institutions in Burundi.

Botswana Research and Education Network (BotsREN).

The Ethiopian Education and Research Network (EthERNet) was initiated in 2001 as part of a national capacity building program along with SchoolNet and WoredaNet. Our aim is to build capacity of public universities to share educational resources and research among member institutions locally and globally.  Discover More

Kenya Education Network Trust (KENET), the National Research and Education Network (NREN) of Kenya is a not-for-profit membership operator incorporated to support research and education institutions. We provide cost-effective, fast and reliable Internet connectivity and related services to enhance education and research.  Discover More


The Research and Education Network for Academic and Learning Activities is the national research and education networking organisation of Madagascar. iRENALA was incorporated in June 2012 as an association under Malagasy law..  Discover More

The Malawi Research and Education Network (MAREN) is Malawi’s own NREN and is recognised as such by the Government of Malawi through the Ministry of Education. It was founded in 2005 by the only two public Universities then namely the University of Malawi and the Mzuzu University.  Discover More

The Mozambique Research and Education Network, MoRENet was established by the Ministry of Science and Technology in 2005. The MoRENet project is a part of the ICT Policy Implementation Strategy. The NREN is a nationwide data network that will interconnect academic and research institutions, developing activities with non-profit purposes.  Discover More

The Rwanda Education and Research Network (RwEdNet) is one of the founding NREN members of UbuntuNet Alliance. The NREN was connected to the UbuntuNet backbone in 2014 under the AfricaConnect2 project and started taking connectivity services from the Alliance in 2017. The NREN connects the University of Rwanda and serves over ten campuses affiliated to the university.

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SomaliREN is a non-profit, non-governmental membership-based organization founded and owned by its member institutions. As a national research and education network (NREN), it is mandated to build and deploy e-infrastructures for research and education and is registered as such with the relevant agencies and governing bodies..  Discover More

The Sudanese Research and Education Network (SudREN) is a specialized Internet Service provider dedicated to supporting the needs of the research and education communities within Sudan. SudREN is a non-profit entity operating under the umbrella of the Association of Sudanese Universities. .  Discover More

TENET is a non-profit company that was set up specifically for the benefit of South African universities and associated research institutions. They are committed to delivering exceptional Internet and Information Technology services that are strongly aligned and consistent with the organisational requirements of our user community..  Discover More


TERNET is a network of Tanzania higher education and research institutions aiming at providing network infrastructure and associated services for enabling sharing of education and research resources inside and outside the country. TERNET was formally registered as a Trust on 11th April 2008.  Discover More

Research and Education Network for Uganda (RENU) is a not-for-profit National Research and Education Network (NREN) that offers affordable services uniquely designed to enable collaboration among its member institutions and their global partners. Discover More

ZAMREN is a National Research and Education Network (NREN) that started its operation in 2012 and has grown to become one of the leading Internet Service Provider and ICT solutions for Higher Education and Public Research Institutions in Zambia. .  Discover More

The Zimbabwe Research & Education Network (ZIMREN) was formed in 2013 by some Vice Chancellors of public and private universities in 2013, and registered as a not for profit company. The main objects of the company are to provide a network so as to facilitate education and research in Zimbabwe and to provide related services, whilst protecting the interests of its members. This network will further enhance Education 5.0 being championed by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development. Education 5.0 places emphasis on the production of goods and services through innovation and commercialisation, which are additional aspects to the mandate of education, research and community service that were the traditional responsibilities of the universities. The facilitation is through the provision of high capacity bandwidth at reasonable costs and other services.

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UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking is a proud member of the ISPA and upholds the ISPA Code of Conduct.

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