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1 From Philadelphia to Philadelphia: UbuntuNet Alliance F F “Tusu” Tusubira,

2 Contents The Beginning.. The Alliance Today Current Operations Sustainability Fibre Opportunites mapped AfricaConnect: Filling the Regional Gaps

3 What we believe.. “We know that we have it in ourselves as Africans, to change all this [the challenges we face]. We must assert our will to do so. We must say there is no obstacle big enough to stop us from bringing about an African renaissance.”...Nelson Mandela

4 The beginning.. Mid 2005: High cost of access; Availability of terrestrial fibre; EASSy cable plans: catalysts Embryonic/ developing NRENs in 5 countries (KENET, MAREN, MoRENet, RwEdNet, TENET) Side meeting of Africans and Friends (Chaired by Steve Song; supported by PHEA and IDRC): RREN Mooted Informal chat among African pioneers in the lobby, Duncan Martin of TENET mooted the name “Ubuntu” UbuntuNet Alliance Incorporated in March 2006.

5 The Alliance Today DRC EthERNet, Ethiopia iRENALA, Mozambique *KENET, Kenya *MAREN, Malawi *MoRENet, Mozambique XNet, Namibia *RwEdNet, Rwanda SomaliREN, Somalia SudREN, Sudan Southern Sudan (de facto) *TENET, South Africa TERNET, Tanzania RENU, Uganda ZAMREN, Zambia Alliance Membership (14)

6 Current Operations UbuntuNet, London Internet UbuntuNet, Mtunzini LINX GÉANT AMS-IX UbuntuNet, Amsterdam MoRENet KENET TENET TERNET ZAMREN 10Gbps, SEACOM 5Gbps, WACS

7 HartRAO to JIVE light path 2 Gbps light path Transfers e-VLBI data in real time HartRAO (Hartebeesthoek Radio-Astronomy Observatory, South Africa) JIVE: (e-VLBI Dataprocessing at Zwingeloo, Netherlands) UbuntuNet Géant+ TENET SurfNet HartRAO SurfNet

8 Financial Sustainability: A Key Principle

9 Fibre opportunities mapped..

10 SLIDE 10 The Research and Education Network for sub-Saharan Africa AfricaConnect: Filling part of the regional connectivity gap

11 SLIDE 11 The Research and Education Network for sub-Saharan Africa AfricaConnect: Filling part of the regional connectivity gap Lusaka Blantyre Nairobi Mombasa Dar es Salaam Kampala Kigali Maputo Mtunzini Windhoek Kinshasa Terrestrial Ring: Nairobi  Kampala  Kigali  Dar Backbone Ring: Nairobi  Dar  Maputo  Mtunzini Backbone: Windhoek  Mtunzini Backbone: Kinshasa  Mtunzini. Khartoum Cape Town

12 SLIDE 12 The Research and Education Network for sub-Saharan Africa AfricaConnect: Contractual Arrangements UbuntuNet Member NRENs....

13 SLIDE 13 The Research and Education Network for sub-Saharan Africa AfricaConnect: Financing NRENs must come up with €2.8 million Each NREN asked to commit to €280k Treated as advance payments for services to be rendered by UbuntuNet Incentive: dicsounted prices for those who pay in advance

14 To Our Many Friend: PHEA, IDRC, OSISA, FRENIA (ANDREW MELLON), USAID, IEEAF, EUC, AAU, Cisco, SEACOM, NSRC.. We say: Asante Sana! Murakoze! Zikomo Kwambili! Natondio Mingi! Thank you! Merci Beaucoup! “When the webs of a spider combine, they can trap a lion” – Ethiopian proverb


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