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  1. Full steam ahead - AfricaConnect FEAST Workshop Brussels, 25 February 2010 Cathrin Stöver, International Relations Manager, DANTE cathrin@dante.net

  2. A refresher – what is GÉANT? 7th generation of pan-European research network infrastructure – continuation of a success story Connects 36 European countries through 32 NREN partners Serves over 3,500 research and education establishments across Europe Over 30 million users GÉANT topology – April 2009 * The Nordic countries are operated through NORDUnet

  3. GÉANT global connectivity GÉANT2 global connectivity – February 2009

  4. AfricaConnect - Today • DG AidCO and DANTE have commenced the dialogue on the concrete AfricaConnect project proposal, logframe and initial budget of the activity • Dialogue has also commenced with the Ubuntunet Alliance and European NRENs to shape the project further • Strong commitment to finalise the negotiations as soon as possible • AfricaConnect is on track

  5. What is planned? • AfricaConnect is to be a 4 year project divided in Planning/Procurement Phase and Operational Phase • Planning and Procurement (up to 12 months) • Operational Phase (months 13-48) • Total Budget of 14.8 M Euro (divided in 80:20) for AfricaConnect • Looking at broad African and European partner base

  6. Phase A of AfricaConnect Planning and Procurement phase: • Procurement of the network connectivity from telecom providers; • Procurement of the network equipment from equipment suppliers • Design of a cost-effective technical solution for the network based on market availability; • Development of a sustainability plan for the regional network and its connected NRENs • Dissemination Activities across Africa and Europe

  7. Phase B of AfricaConnect Operational Phase: • Network management and operations to provide stable connectivity services; • Support to collaborative user communities utilizing the infrastructure within the region and towards Europe • Promotion of the use of the network to the end-users (students, researchers, doctors) and promotion of the network to the international stakeholder community • Support the uptake of the use of ICT applications by the research and education community. • Training and support activities including capacity building for the consolidation of the NRENs and training local staff in the effective engineering, management and operation of the network. • Increasing political dialogue to raise the political and financial support to the connectivity issues. • Dissemination

  8. GÉANT global connectivity AfricaConnect GÉANT2 global connectivity – February 2009