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Africa. Warren Matthews (Georgia Tech) [email protected] Why?. Need for better connectivity Like many leading-edge Universities, Georgia Tech has significant international collaborations, including Africa. Quickly found many others interested in better connectivity with Africa.

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africa

Africa

Warren Matthews (Georgia Tech)

[email protected]

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Why?
  • Need for better connectivity
    • Like many leading-edge Universities, Georgia Tech has significant international collaborations, including Africa.
    • Quickly found many others interested in better connectivity with Africa.
    • Not just academic research, other International organizations (CDC, NLM) have significant missions in Africa.

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existing intercontinental connectivity
Existing Intercontinental Connectivity
  • Widespread satellite connectivity
    • Many universities paying large sums for low-bandwidth, unreliable satellite connections.
  • SAT-3 (WASC)
    • Operated by Telkom SA.
    • Rumored competition has already lead to 25% cut.
  • Also SAFE, SeaMeWe3.

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proposed intercontinental connectivity
Proposed Intercontinental Connectivity
  • East African Submarine System (EASSy)
  • South African Second Network Operator (SNO)
    • Unclear about SAT3 license
  • Liberalization of other African Telecommunications markets.

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proposed international connections
Proposed International Connections
  • IBAUD
  • IDRC, PfHE
    • PARENA
  • NSF
  • Focus Africa/NEPAD (Indo-PAN)
    • effort to fight poverty and disease, the “common enemies” stalking Africa and India.

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existing intercontinental connections
Existing Intercontinental Connections
  • TENET
    • South African Tertiary Education Network.
    • 80Mbps connection with commercial networks.
    • Attempting to peer directly in Europe and US.
  • EU MED NET
    • Numerous 2-3Mbps links in North Africa.

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organizations on the ground
Organizations on the Ground
  • USAID – Leland Project
  • Network Startup Resource Center
  • Wider Net
  • Digital Freedom Initiative (Senegal)
  • eJDS

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  • Current and planned activity sounds promising.
  • Work together to connect projects.
  • Connection-by-connection basis if necessary.

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senegal
Senegal
  • No known research network or organization
  • DFI are active
  • AMMA sounding station
  • University Cheikh Anta Diop
  • Sonatel
    • France Telecom

University

NectarNet/Dakar

AMMA

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ghana
Ghana
  • Ghana Telecom
  • No response from other providers

MIMCOM

Noguchi

Volta Dam

Legon

Accra

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nigeria
Nigeria
  • NITEL have a national infrastructure
    • Connects most of the cities
    • 10Mbps
  • NUNET

Obafemi Awolowa University

Abuja

Mimcom

Ile-Ife

University of Ibadan

Ibadan

Jon Postel

Technology Center

University of Lagos

Lagos

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cameroon
Cameroon
  • eJDS are active
  • Cameroon telecommunications provided by CAMnet

University of Douala

Douala

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south africa
South Africa
  • National Research Network
    • Tertiary Education Network (TENet)
  • Proposed South African Research and Education Network (SANREN)
    • Department of Science and Technology

SANREN

MRC

Cape Town

TENET

University of Pretoria

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other locations
Other Locations
  • Angola, Mozambique.
  • Namibia, Botswana, Zambia.
  • Mali, Burkina Faso.
  • Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda.

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next steps
Next Steps
  • Move forward with partners.
  • Find Funding, donations and money.
  • Foster usage and work to build user groups, research organizations and networks.

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thanks
Thanks
  • Hilda Ceidera, David Indome, Steve Huter, Don Riley, Steve Song, Heather Boyles, Roy Steiner, Mary Kratz.

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