RRC | Regional REN Connectivity

The Regional REN Connectivity Service includes the most basic service that any regional REN should provide to its Member NRENs – that of connection to and use of a shared research and education backbone network – the UbuntuNet Regional REN Backbone.  This allows Member NRENs to exchange traffic with each other. This basic service is enriched by bundling it with interconnectivity with such commodity networks in Africa as the Alliance can establish through the agency of its Member NRENs and with such further African NRENs and Commodity Networks as UbuntuNet can reach through peering at exchange points in Africa with other African regional RENs.

The Regional REN Connectivity Service thus offers transit to and from many NRENs and many commodity networks within Africa.  The service provides no transit interconnections that involve the transport of traffic via circuits between Africa and any other continent, and UbuntuNet Alliance makes no claims that all NRENs located in Africa or all commodity networks located in Africa can be reached via the Regional REN Backbone.

The Regional REN Connectivity Service is available to Beneficiary NRENs in the Membership Region that can connect to a Regional PoP.  Via each such connection the Regional REN Connectivity Service allows the Beneficiary NREN to:

  • exchange traffic with other Beneficiary NRENs;
  • exchange traffic with UbuntuNet’s regional commodity peers and regional commodity transit providers; and
  • exchange traffic with other NRENs and commodity networks elsewhere in Africa that are reachable via such peering interconnections that UbuntuNet may have established with other regional RENs at exchange points within Africa.

The Backbone

This service provides a connection to and use of the shared research and education backbone network – the UbuntuNet REN Backbone.  This allows connected Member NRENs to exchange traffic with each other and to backhaul traffic to and from External Gateways on the Regional Backbone. The service also provides transit to and from other NRENs and many commodity networks within Africa.  The service provides no transit interconnections that involve the transport of traffic via circuits between Africa any other continents, and the Alliance makes no claims that all NRENs located in Africa or all commodity networks located in Africa can be reached via the UbuntuNet REN Backbone.

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