Press Release: EthERNet chosen to host UbuntuNet-Connect 2017


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EthERNet Chosen to host UbuntuNet-Connect 2017

Lilongwe, 24th March 2017:

UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking is pleased to announce that UbuntuNet-Connect 2017, the tenth edition of its series of annual networking conference will be held on 2-3 November 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and will be hosted by the Ethiopian Education and Research Network, EthERNet.

UbuntuNet Alliance CEO Dr. Pascal Hoba made the announcement at the 11th UbuntuNet Alliance Annual General Meeting of Members held in Livingstone, Zambia on 21st April 2017. The Conference will be held under the theme: "Enabling Intra-African Collaboration in Research and Education."

Dr. Hoba said EthERNet emerged a successful bidder this year after showing great interest to host the conference last year before the Research and Education Network for Uganda (RENU) was chosen to host the conference.

"The Alliance is impressed by the progress that Ethiopia and EthERNet are making in relation to research and education networking in the country. Even though EthERNet is yet to connect to the UbuntuNet network there are several encouraging signs that the NREN will be connected under the AfricaConnect2 project which we are currently implementing. Bringing the conference to Ethiopia will spearhead this process as this will enhance the visibility of the NREN to relevant stakeholders in the country," says Dr. Hoba.

Dr. Hoba also said holding the conference in Addis Ababa, which is the headquarters of the African union gives the Alliance a chance to engage the continental body on issues related to research and education networking. 

EthERNet CEO, Zalalem Assefa says the NREN is honored to be chosen as host of the conference this year and promised to work together with the Alliance to ensure that the conference is a success.

About UbuntuNet Alliance:

UbuntuNet Alliance is the regional research and education-networking organisation for Eastern and Southern Africa. It builds and operates UbuntuNet, the regional high-speed Internet network interconnecting National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) to support collaborations in research and education in the region and connecting them to other regional RENs in the world. The Alliance is a member-based organisation registered as a Trust in Malawi. Its members include NRENs from 16 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.

About EthERNet

The Ethiopian Education and Research Network (EthERNet) was initiated in 2001 as part of a national capacity building program that included projects such as SchoolNet and WoredaNet that aimed to provide connectivity and specialized applications for Schools and for local governments. EthERNet was launched to build and deliver highly interconnected and high performance networks for Universities and other Educational and Research Institutions in Ethiopia. More specifically, EthERNet was aimed to build and deliver high performance networking that connected these institutions with each other and similar institutions in the world, and by doing this to enable them to share educational resources and collaborate both within Ethiopia and globally.

Further press information:

Hastings Ndebvu

Communications Officer / UbuntuNet Alliance

Tel: +265 999 029 434

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