UbuntuNet Alliance

The regional Research and Education Networking organization for Eastern and Southern Africa

We manage and operate UbuntuNet, the regional backbone network that interconnects National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) and connect them to other regional networks. Our mission is to secure affordable broadband and efficient ICT access and usage for African NRENs and their associated communities of practice.

UbuntuNet Alliance Joins DataCite

UbuntuNet Alliance Joins DataCite

Lilongwe, Malawi: 10th June 2021: UbuntuNet Alliance is pleased to announce that the Executive Board of DataCite has accepted UbuntuNet Alliance as a member of DataCite. DataCite is a leading provider of persistent identifiers for research. Through its portfolio of...


Identity Federation Operators Training, 1st September – 1st October 2021, Virtual

The Identity Federation Operators Training is a 1-month long training event that targets engineers from the UbuntuNet Alliance region primed for managing an Identity Federation. In particular, the following areas shall be covered:

  1. ntroduction to Identity Federation Operations
  2. Introduction to eduGAIN and GÉANT T&I services
  3. Overview on the SAML protocols and attribute release management
  4. Insights and hands-on on Installation and Configuration or required
  5. Identity Federations tools  (Registry, IdPs, SPs, Discovery Service)
  6. Metadata signing and management
  7. How to manage your user community 
  8. Hands-on part supported by VMs


TERNET Conference on Digital Transformation, 16-17 Sept 21

The digitisation phenomena characterised by new technologies innovated out of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the 21st century offers unprecedented breakthroughs such as artificial intelligence, Big Data analytics, edge computing, Internet and social media. The Tanzania Education and Research Network (TERNET), through its first international conference on digital transformation in education and research, is inviting practitioners, researchers, and industrialists to explore novel ideas, share topical research findings, discuss lessons learned and success stories, map out major challenges, and collectively debate on future directions for education and research.


UbuntuNet-Connect 2021, 10-12 November 2021, Virtual, Livingstone/Zambia

Building on the theme for UbuntuNet-Connect 2020, “Repositioning Research and Education During Crises,” UbuntuNet-Connect 2021 will take stock of the milestones and success stories the Research and Education community has so far achieved in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Conference will be held as a hybrid event (online and physically in Livingstone, Zambia) from 10-12 November 2021. UbuntuNet-Connect 2021 will thus be held under the theme “Turning Challenges into Opportunities: Research and Education Success Stories During Covid-19”.



Network connectivity in different forms and sizes is our core business. Additional services on top of the network are being rolled out continuously for the member NRENs to use themselves or offer them to their institutions.


UA is running a network across the region and onwards to Europe. The NRENs can choose between flexible offers depending on their demand and preconditions.


Looking for infrastructure to host services? Need a backup and fail-over solution? We are offering different virtualisation and containerisation platforms, hosted in our region.


We offer solutions for different aspects of Identity Management: eduID (Single Sign-On, WebSSO), User Stores (LDAP, Database) and user certificates.


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AfricaConnect3 supports the development of high-capacity internet networks for research and education across Africa. It buids on its predecessor projects, AfricaConnect and AfricaConnect2


To establish a set of agreements for participating world regions to consolidate/complete middleware for a marketplace of services and real-time applications to benefit global science communities.


Energising Scientific Endeavour through Science Gateways and e-Infrastructures in Africa



Support dialogue between the EU and African Research and Educational Networks, with special attention to Western and Central Africa region, and create favourable conditions for WACREN to be able to participate in and benefit to the most from AfricaConnect2.