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Promoting African Research and Education Networking (PAREN)

Steiner, Roy; Tirivayi, Allan; Tirivayi, Nyasha; Jensen, Mike; Hamilton, Paul; Buechler, Jack

Abstract:
Internet connectivity in tertiary education institutions in Africa is in general too expensive, poorly managed and inadequate to meet even basic requirements.  As the recent ATICS (Africa Tertiary Institutions Connectivity Survey) study for the African Virtual University showed, the average African university has bandwidth capacity equivalent to a broadband residential connection available in Europe, pays 50 times more for their bandwidth than their educational counterparts in the rest of the world, and fails to monitor, let alone manage, the existing bandwidth (ATICS 2005).  What little bandwidth is available becomes less useful for research and education purposes.  North Africa is the most advanced of all regions in Africa, because universities in these countries have just recently become members of the EU MED Connect project, which links them to highspeed undersea fibre networks.  There is therefore an imperative to examine the potential to create initiatives to improve bandwidth access for African universities.  The IDRC commissioned this work because it became aware of many parallel initiatives that would benefit greatly from working together both in terms of sharing information and in developing a common vision.  Most of the organisations in this report understand the principle that the more bandwidth gets purchased the less expensive it becomes.  In addition, many donor organisations have taken the issue of improved connectivity very seriously and their efforts are reflected in the success of the described networks.  It is hoped that this effort will build upon these initiatives and assist the community to address the many constraints to improved connectivity.      

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Document Title: Promoting African Research and Education Networking (PAREN)
Project Title: Promoting African Research and Education Networking (PAREN)
Institution: International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
City and Country: Canada


Date:2005
Document Type:Research Report (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Research
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Networking, Internet, Computer Networks, Bandwidth, Developing countries, Survey, Models


File Size:2.93 MB
Rights:Permission to reproduce this report was granted by IDRC.
Date Added:30 July 2007


Steiner, Roy; Tirivayi, Allan; Tirivayi, Nyasha; Jensen, Mike; Hamilton, Paul; Buechler, Jack (2005). Promoting African Research and Education Networking (PAREN) Commissioned by International Development Research Centre (IDRC) & Connectivity Africa.