Presentation on theme: "F F Tusubira, Don Riley, Ed Fantegrossi"— Presentation transcript:
1 F F Tusubira, Don Riley, Ed Fantegrossi Open Access Conference 14 – 16 November 2007 Bagamoyo, Tanzania Research and Education Networks in Africa – Creating an open access environment for universities and research institutionsF F Tusubira, Don Riley, Ed Fantegrossi
2 Contents Part 1: Layers and Roles Part 2: UbuntuNet Alliance – Plans, Progress, and acknowledgementsPart 3: UbuntuNet Alliance – New Initiatives working with IEEAFConclusion
3 Part 1: Layers and Roles – Many dimensions, many players IEEAF, etcUbuntuNet, etcNREN National InfrastructureTeachers, Researchers, Libraries,Classrooms, Labs, ManagementRegional InfrastructureCampus InfrastructureContent Networks (Researchers,Libraries, UniversitiesManagement)Global REN InfrastructureTERNET, etc
4 Part 2: UbuntuNet – Context, Plans and Progress Ubuntu or Obuntu: - “I am because we are”…Ubuntu is not just a philosophy – it is a way of life that defines the relationship of the individual to the community and vice versa …… It recognises that individual good arises out of the community good and vice versa……It is about the responsibility of caring for the general welfare, supporting others: developmentObuntu means “the essence of humanity”; Omuntu means “a human being”Hence UbuntuNet Alliance
5 What is UbuntuNet Alliance? …A registered organisation of NRENs (Inc. 2006)…Sees an African continent holding its own as a member of the global research and education community…… Through enabling the connectivity of national and regional RENs …… With sufficient and affordable connection to each other and the GII..preferably via fibre ...Current members: TENET, KENET, MoRENet, MAREN, RwEdNet, SUINIn process: TERNET, ZAMREN, RENU, …
6 Current Status (Eastern, Southern Africa) Formal REN, advanced network and sufficient bandwidth: NONEFormal REN and underlying infrastructure: Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya, South Africa, Sudan, other?Formal REN but no underlying infrastructure: Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, DRC, other?REN in formation: Uganda, other?
7 Plans and Progress To-date (1) Refine strategic plan and develop a master planEstablish services and revenue-streamsLocal registration and home base in NairobiAppoint full-time staff (CEO, Technical, Admin, etc)Completed tasksObtained IPv4 and IPv6 address space (AfriNIC)Obtained a CISCO 7606 router donated by CISCO, installed in DANTE’s cage in Telecity, LondonREN transit connection to Géant
8 Plans and Progress To-date (2) To be set up:1 Gb/s connection to LINX (Settlement-free peering with all comers; includes bilateral agreements between RENsInternet transitConnections to other networks, like Internet2Also now working with IEEAFWorking with the Bandwidth ConsortiumPlans to merge activities and set up NOCOngoing discussions with IDRC and PHEABasis for a major connectivity proposal
10 Plans and Progress (4): VSAT Virtual RENs UbuntuNet routerUbuntuNet routers at VSAT teleports in EuropeVSAT-dependent campuses all over AfricaBackhauls to LondonAck: Duncan Martin, UbuntuNet
11 Plans and Progress (5): Connection to Géant General InternetUbuntuNet routerAck: Duncan Martin, UbuntuNet
12 Appreciation to our supporters to-date SidaCiscoKTH (Sweden)DANTEOpen Society InstituteOpen Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)TENET's FRENIA (Fostering Research and Education Networking in Africa) Program, funded by The Andrew W Mellon Foundation.IDRC and Connectivity AfricaUSAIDPartnership for Higher Education in Africa
13 Part 3: UbuntuNet – New Initiative Working with IEEAF The IEEAF comes to us with their own “Ubuntu” vision: The Global QuiltThey come not to own or to operate, but to enableThey come bearing scraps of cloth to help make patches, and even some thread to help us make the stitches to sew the patches togetherThey come to work alongside, as needed to help us realize our own quilt, as part of the bigger Global Quilt of RENs
14 Global Quilt Initiative for Africa "Non Nobis Solo” - Not by ourselves alone
16 Global Medical Research Exchanges (GMRE) IEEAF - successful in getting donations for RENs because of partnership with the private sector.GMRE - The business driver that generates the donations to IEEAF Africa.MREGGMRE brings investment for economic development that leverages the new infrastructure:- to build open “technology exchange points”- to build data centers and technology R&D Parks- to generate “endowments” for the R&E community
17 GMRE Brings Economic Drivers GMRE brings to bear:Lifetime Business Experiences Internationally inTelcom & Energy DeregulationMulti-national Corporate Migration RequirementsInternational Investment Banking Marketplace InterestsGMRE brings both personal and financial commitment from business:$1.7 Billion Science & Technology ParksMulti-National Corporate Clients.Global Telcos as customers for the telecom donators to the IEEAF “as a thank you.”Global Investment Bankers via NYC.
18 GMRE Technology Park Model Starts with International bandwidth coming to GMRE TEPDark fiber for RENsData CenterResearch Park
20 Conclusion ASANTE SANA! It is real, and it is happening, and UbuntuNet is committed to success of RENs in Africa.It is only possible through open multiple partnerships, both regional and global.“Be the Change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma GandhiASANTE SANA!