UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking is an association of NRENs in Africa. The UbuntuNet Alliance exists to provide regional and international connectivity and Internet services to its member NRENs in Eastern and Southern Africa (“the Region”), on a non-profit basis. The Alliance provides specialised interconnections with other research and education networks worldwide – interconnections that are available only to bona-fide NRENs – and also connectivity to the general “commodity” Internet worldwide. The Alliance is in the process of designing a high-speed backbone network that will inter-connect the NRENs and provide them all with connectivity to major research and education networking gateways and general Internet gateways operated by the Alliance.
NRENs as local operators of the UbuntuNet backbone:- The UbuntuNet Alliance does not contemplate incorporating and seeking the required electronic communications licenses in each country of the region. Rather, in each country of the region, the Alliance intends to support the local NREN by contracting the NREN to provide and operate those portions of the UbuntuNet Backbone that lie within the country
The AfricaConnect Project
The African Union Commission and European Commission have announced a major project, known as AfricaConnect, which will undertake the initial deployment of the UbuntuNet Alliance Network backbone. This can be regarded as the first Phase of the overall vision of Africa Connect, a dedicated research and education network interconnecting the entire continent and to the rest of the global research and education networking community. The project budget is Euro14.2million of which EC will fund 80% and the 20% by recipient NRENs
This is a result of a one-year study commissioned by the European Commission (FEAST) to explore the feasibility of deploying a regional backbone dedicated to NRENs in sub-Saharan Africa to each other and to GEANT
ZAMREN is a full member of UbuntuNet Alliance and plans to actively participate in the AfricaConnect Project. ZAMREN has made its contribution of Euro250,000 towards the AfricaConnect project.
For more information visit AfricaConnect Project