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Optical fibre for education and research networks in Eastern and Southern Africa

Adam, Lishan; Bagula, Antoine; Chikumbi, Godfrey; Comstedt, Anders; Martin, Duncan; Muchanga, Americo; Ngwira, Margaret; Nkusi, Issa; Pehrson, Bjorn

Abstract:
This report deals with one of the main reasons why Africa is behind in the development towards becoming part of the global knowledge society  - lack of efficient broadband infrastructure.  The study focuses on higher education as well as research institutions which need the same network connectivity as their peers on other continents to fulfil their basic duties.  This implies considerable ICT development that must fit within geo-political environments such as NEPAD and SADC.  It is within this context that this study has been commissioned and taken on the challenge to make a change.  The objective of the paper is to present a model for how to provide African universities with efficient network connectivity that is on par with other continents. The change includes liberalisation of the right of way, access to fibre and the right to provide transmission and network services. The report describes how to demonstrate the feasibility of these concepts in the regional environment by supporting the deployment of National Research and Education Networks as well as a regional backbone facilitating joint procurement of internet connectivity and peering with global resources for education and research.     

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Document Title: Optical fibre for education and research networks in Eastern and Southern Africa
Institution: South African Regional Universities Association (SARUA)
City and Country: Johannesburg, South Africa


Date:2006
Document Type:Research Report (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Contributory Studies and Research Approaches
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Information & Communication Technology ICT, Bandwidth, Telecommunications, Models, Infrastructure, Policy, Networks, Universities, Research Institutions


File Size:2.26 MB
Rights:This paper is freely accesible at http://www.ubuntunet.net/documents/Sarua-fibre-final-report-draft-2006-03-04.pdf
Date Added:26 March 2008


Adam, Lishan; Bagula, Antoine; Chikumbi, Godfrey; Comstedt, Anders; Martin, Duncan; Muchanga, Americo; Ngwira, Margaret; Nkusi, Issa; Pehrson, Bjorn (2006). Optical fibre for education and research networks in Eastern and Southern Africa Johannesburg, South Africa, Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA)