Membership Categories

The membership region of UbuntuNet Alliance covers the  Eastern and Southern regions of Africa along with the Oceanic countries in the region.  The Alliance works in collaboration with WACREN – the regional REN of West and Central Africa – and ASREN – the regional REN that covers North Africa and the Middle East – to ensure a continental coverage of REN connectivity.

UbuntuNet Alliance has three Membership categories.

NREN Member

An NREN Member means an NREN of a country within the Membership region that has applied for and been granted Membership in accordance with Article 5.

Affiliate Member

An Affiliate Member means a transnational organization, or a transnational community of practice that is formally constituted under a registered umbrella organization, and being not-for-profit, that is involved in education and/or research; and that has applied for and has been granted membership in accordance with Article 5.

Industry Member

An Industry Member means a registered transnational company or organisation, being for-profit, that is engaged in the provision of goods and/or services that have direct relevance to the mission and activities of the Alliance and its NREN and/or Affiliate Members; and that has applied for and has been granted membership in accordance with Article 5.

Interested in joining UbuntuNet Alliance?

To apply for Membership, complete the UbuntuNet Alliance – Application for Membership and submit it to info@ubuntunet.net. For further information, email the same address.

The Membership Application form should be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Certificate or deed of Incorporation or equivalent
  • A letter from a higher authority (e.g. Higher Education Council, Minister, or Permanent Secretary in your country evidencing that your NREN is active in the implementation and management of an academic, scientific and/or research network at the national level
  • A copy of Acceptable Use Policy (if available)
  • List of member institutions (both current and potential)
  • Certificate or deed of Incorporation or equivalent
  • Letter signed by the CEO or designated officer confirming that the organization is not-for-profit
  • Statement showing how and the organisation is involved in education and/or research
  • List of countries where the organisation has an operational presence
  • Certificate or deed of Incorporation or equivalent
  • Statement about areas of activity in the provision of goods and/or services that have direct relevance to the mission and activities of the Alliance and its NREN and/or Affiliate Members
  • List of countries where the organisation has an operational presence

Conditions for Membership

The Membership categories are subject to the following conditions

  1. All have to apply for admission in a prescribed manner approved by the Trustees;
  2. All have to pay admission and annual dues as set from time to time by the Trustees;
  3. Affiliate and Industry Members can participate in meetings BUT will not have voting rights at the Annual General Meeting. They can however have voting rights in specific committees or working groups as will be defined from time to time by the Trustees;
  4. Affiliate and Industry Members will be required to declare their interests in any meeting where they are involved, and may be required by the Trustees to withdraw from any such meeting where there is conflict of interest;
  5. Only NREN Members may nominate candidates for consideration as Trustees;
  6. Industry Members may not use any of the UbuntuNet Alliance assets, except for purposes of collaborative research and experimentation working with NREN or Affiliate Members;
  7. While the Alliance will enable virtual regional networks for Affiliate Members, the branches or members of such affiliates will, at national level, work through the respective NRENs to access the data network of the UbuntuNet Alliance.