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AfricaConnect3 project to extend pan-African high-speed internet connectivity and services for research and education

PRESS RELEASE 18th December 2019/Brussels, Belgium Following the success of predecessor projects ‘AfricaConnect’ and ‘AfricaConnect2’, Africa’s three regional Research and Education Networks (RENs) UbuntuNet Alliance, West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) and the Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN), in partnership with Europe’s leading collaboration on e-infrastructure and services GÉANT, have …

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UbuntuNet Alliance, World Bank Power SomaliREN’s connectivity to the UbuntuNet network under AfricaConnect2

29 June 2018/ Lilongwe, Malawi and Mogadishu, Somalia UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking is pleased to announce that it has successfully connected SomaliREN, the National Research and Education Network (NREN) of Somalia to the UbuntuNet network, the data network for NRENs in Eastern and Southern Africa under the €26.6m European Commission co-funded AfricaConnect2 …

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African Union pledges support towards African Research and Education Networks

The African Union Commission (AUC) says it is committed to supporting African Research and Education Networks like the UbuntuNet Alliance following what the Union described as “inspiring work” by the research and education networks of securing affordable ICT access and usage for the continent’s research and education institutions. Director of the Africa Union Commission for …

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World Bank publishes report on role and status of NRENs in Africa

The World Bank has officially published the report on Role and Status of NRENs in Africa compiled by its consultant Michael Foley. The report, published in the World Bank’s Open Knowledge repository, highlights the story of development of NRENs in Africa and the key roles the NRENs are playing in enabling innovation and advancing science …

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NUANCE – March 2014

#ScholarAfrica: Promoting the Discoverability of Africa Scholarship By Michelle Willmers Curate to participate! This was one of the central messages emerging from the ‘Discoverability of African Scholarship Online’ workshop hosted by the OpenUCT Initiative in Nairobi on 10–11 March 2014. Sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation, the workshop brought together 25 representatives from African research agencies …

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NUANCE – January 2012

Rwanda’s KIST gets ultra modern ICT facility E-learning and student-centred learning are becoming the status quo in Universities throughout the globe.  Of course this requires recognition of the pervasive role of ICT and a major investment in e-infrastructure.  Kigali Institute of Science and Technology has been a leader in ICT uptake in Rwanda.  KIST has …

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NUANCE – October 2011

Promoting research and education networking agenda through strategic communication Do our NRENs have the national visibility that can make their task easier?  It seems that this may not be the case!  Through an in-house study, UbuntuNet Alliance has discovered that many of its member NRENs do not appear to  prioritise  communication,  as such people within …

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NUANCE – September 2011

AfricaConnect’s Three Musketeers: All for One and One for All Like Alexandre Dumas’ Three Musketeers, AfricaConnect’s trio of engineers – Joe Kimaili, Daniel Lete and Andrew Alston champion collaboration for the common good: all for one and one for all. Echoing the spirit of Ubuntu, these three engineers are working together with single-minded purpose to …

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NUANCE – August 2011

Africa NRENs gearing up to provide connectivity support to all on-commercial education institutions Tusu, CEO, UbuntuNet Alliance The African Education Summit in Casablanca, Morocco, was an opportunity for showcasing the Alliance and discussing the growth of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) as well as Regional Research and Education Networks in Africa.  The major difference …

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