Connectivity

KENET Awarded $200,000 BOLT Internet Access Gap Grant to Benefit Twenty Universities in Kenya

KENET, the Kenyan NREN, has been awarded the Building Opportunities/Leveraging Technologies (BOLT) grant worth $200,000 by the Internet Society Foundation. The BOLT Grant Program is designed to support teams of innovators, technologists and researchers in relevant non-profit organizations working to expand the possibility of Internet connectivity and access globally (see BOLT Grant Website for further details). This is …

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NRENs to Pay Lower Per Unit Price on Connectivity as UbuntuNet Network Upgrades to 20Gbps Total Capacity

Recently, the Ubuntunet Alliance completed a significant upgrade to the core of its network. The core interconnects the key Points of Presence (PoPs) of Cape Town, Mtunzini, Maputo, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, and Amsterdam. The upgrade was done on links ranging from 2Gbps to 3 Gbps in capacity, increasing their capacity to 10Gbps, thereby bringing …

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Eastern and Southern African NRENs Represented in the Science Summit at the United Nations General Assembly 77

Prof. Madara Ogot, the CEO of UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking was part of a panel discussion at the Science Summit at UNGA77. The Panel set out to discuss the Digital infrastructure to enable Science and Cooperation in Africa. Throughout the panel discussion Prof. Ogot was able to shine a light on the …

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Collaborations with the Ministry of Education in Rwanda to Re-establish the Rwanda Education Network (RwEdNet)

UbuntuNet Alliance would like to take this opportunity to appreciate the concerted effort by the Ministry of Education, Rwanda, towards re-establishing the Rwanda Education Network (RwEdNet). This is to enable the Rwandan National Research and Education network to participate actively in the Eastern and Southern African Regional Research and Education Network (RREN) which consists of …

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BEAA New Collaboration for Shared Transoceanic R&E Networking Resilience

Seven leading regional and national Research and Education networks and organisations across multiple continents announced the establishment of the “Bridging Europe, Africa and the Americas” (BEAA) Collaboration, aiming to increase the resilience of their networks across a set of transoceanic links that interconnect their communities in Eastern and Southern Africa, Europe and Latin America. The …

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UbuntuNet Alliance partners Indiana University, others in second phase of NEA3R initiative

UbuntuNet Alliance has once again partnered with the International Networks at the Indiana University in the five year $4.75 million Networks for European, American, African, and Arctic Research (NEA3R) initiative supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). International Networks at IU will jointly lead the initiative with the Advanced North Atlantic consortium, which consists of …

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NREN engineers hail MANRS training workshop

Network engineers that participated in the recent Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) online training workshop organized by UbuntuNet Alliance in partnership with Internet Society (ISOC) and AFRINIC have hailed the impact of the virtual workshop which they believe will help NRENs safeguard their networks against potential threats. At least 18 NREN engineers from …

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AfriGEO Community counts on AfricaConnect3 project for enhanced Internet connectivity

The African Group on Earth Observation (AfriGEO) community, a member of the global Group on Earth Observation (GEO) says it expects the AfricaConnect3 project, a Pan-African project aimed at creating an internet network for research and education across Africa, to boost internet connectivity in the community‚Äôs sites in Africa. GEO is a unique global network …

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UbuntuNet Alliance, Internet Society to train NREN engineers online

UbuntuNet Alliance has, in partnership with the Internet Society (ISOC), organized a three-week Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) online training workshop for network engineers from the UbuntuNet Alliance membership region. The workshop, to be facilitated experts from ISOC, will be held through daily one-hour sessions starting from 13th – 31st July 2020. The …

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SomaliREN’s efforts to support universities in the face of COVID-19 – A beacon of hope!

The COVID19 virus outbreak has had a severe impact on all sectors and especially the education sector. The social distancing policy called for the suspension of all gatherings, including classrooms. The directive by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education to suspend the classes at the schools and universities for two weeks has come …

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