WACREN and the UbuntuNet Alliance formally adopt the Africa Training Initiative (ATI)

The West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) and the UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking, the regional Research and Education Networking organization for Eastern and Southern Africa, have signed an agreement to adopt the Africa Training Initiative (ATI),  a programme that is highly expected to foster accelerated development of the Internet across the African continent.

This MOU serves to enable the two regional research and education networking bodies to implement the ATI as a defined and endorsed project under their auspices.

The ATI is an independent community initiative developed and previously operated by Eko-Konnect, a cluster of the Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN) in the Lagos area.  

Apart from contributing to the development of the Internet in Africa, the ATI  which will be facilitated and supported through the NREN members, will also promote the  adoption of best practices in building and protecting the Internet as well as fostering the emergence of a productive environment for the growing community of African users.


During discussions at AIS 14  in Djibouti, it came out that many African academic and research institutions find the application process at AfriNIC too complex, which is certainly just a perception.
Acknowledging the fact that many of us feel more comfortable with a one-on-one support rather than posting on mailing lists, WACREN has set up a Support Team on the issue to boost IP resources allocation requests from academic and research institutions.
The objective is to secure IPv4 resources for academic and research institutions. AfriNIC is presently the only RIR that still has IPv4 address blocks and they will disappear very fast. So, now is the time to request IPv4 blocks and at the same time IPv6 resources, and start implementing IPv6.

NgREN commissioned

NgREN’s Secretariat and NMC was officially commissioned in Abuja on Tuesday 8 July 2014.

WACREN CEO and CTO were present at this important event

More at http://ngren.edu.ng/news/presidential-commissioning-of-the-ngren.

Virtualisation and Cloud Workshop - Accra, Ghana, 15-19 September 2014.

WACREN organizes its first regional training workshop in Accra, Ghana, on 15-19 September 2014.  

The hands-on workshop  is organized in collaboration with the Ghanaian Academic and Research Network (GARNET),  the Association of African Universities (AAU) and NSRC, and hosted by University of Ghana, Legon.

The workshop will be held in English

Workshop Goals

This track will provide an overview of virtualization technology with a series of hands-on practical exercises, so that participants will be able to:
  • Build desktop virtualization with VirtualBox
  • Build server virtualization with KVM and libvirt
  • Use file and block shared storage and live VM migration
  • Build redundant VM clusters with Ganeti
  • Some knowledge of UNIX/Linux, with experience of the command line is strongly suggested
  • Basic understanding of L2/L3 technologies and IP networking are a plus
  • Participants must bring their own laptops (Windows, Linux or OSX) with wireless, 1GB+ RAM, and 5GB+ free disk space.


  1. All participants will have to secure funds for their travel, including visa fees where applicable
  2. International participants will be provided accommodation and meals
  3. Lunches and coffee breaks will be provided to all participants

Interested candidates who meet the requirements can apply below.  Candidates from the UbuntuNet Alliance and ASREN regions are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for application is 15 August 2014.   Now 31 July 2014 due to oversubscription



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