UbuntuNet-Connect 2015, 19-20 November 2015, Maputo, Mozambique

Theme: Beyond Connectivity: The Road to NREN Maturity

Call for Papers

Authors are invited to submit abstracts for presentation at UbuntuNet-Connect 2015, the 8th Annual Conference of the UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking. The UbuntuNet-Connect series of conferences has been held for the past seven years and is regarded as one of the premier conferences in Africa. This year the conference will take place on 19-20 November 2015 in Maputo (main venue will be communicated soon), Mozambique and will be hosted by MoRENet, the NREN of Mozambique.
Over the three years ending on 31 May 2015 the AfricaConnect project vastly extended UbuntuNet’s regional network, establishing new points of presence in Dar es Salaam, Kampala, Kigali, Lusaka, Maputo, Moanda, Mtunzini, Cape Town and Nairobi and interconnecting them with each other and with UbuntuNet’s other points of presence in Amsterdam and London. The AfricaConnect2 Project, which is now underway, will further extend UbuntuNet’s regional network and will also deploy the first cross-border circuits of the WACREN and ASREN regional research and education networks.

Many NRENs of the region have gained good traction and momentum as regards the provision of connectivity.   Although on-going development of the connectivity infrastructure is necessary, it is time for the Region’s NRENs and their institutions to look beyond connectivity.  What so-called value-added services – services that depend upon the connectivity infrastructure but add applications value - should be made available to enable full participation in major collaborative research and education programs?  Consequently the Alliance has set the theme for UbuntuNet-Connect 2015 as:

“Beyond Connectivity: The Road to NREN Maturity”

Authors are invited to submit abstracts of proposed unpublished work that, if accepted, will lead to papers publishable in the proceedings.  While abstracts should preferably address the following sub-themes, prospective authors are encouraged to submit any contribution that is interesting and relevant to research and education networking:

Subtheme 1: Applications that use NRENs’ value-added services through

  • Projects /case studies that use or require networked compute-intensive services
  • Projects /case studies that use or require grid computing services
  • Projects /case studies that generate and/or access networked big data resources
  • Projects /case studies that illustrate the use of collaboration tools
  • Experiences with science gateways
  • User experiences with identities federations

Subtheme 2: Technical issues in the provision of value-added services

  • Capacity requirements for NRENs to support the provision and use of value-added services
  • Network security at NREN and inter-REN levels
  • Identity federations and other authentication and authorisation infrastructures
  • Technical capacity building

Subtheme 3: Business models for the provision of value-added services

  • Delineation of the roles of specialist service providers, NRENs, Regional RENS
  • Bearing the costs: cost recovery by service providers, NRENs, Regional RENs
  • Should value-added services be bundled with connectivity services?
  • Experience with business models for value-added services

Subtheme 4: Connectivity to support advanced e-infrastructures and services

  • Monitoring the use of and planning capacity requirements to support value-added services
  • Bandwidth as an enabler and bandwidth cost as a disabler of value-added services
  • Extending the reach of the NREN within its country
  • Extending the reach of Africa’s Regional RENs within their Regions


Prospective contributors are invited to submit abstracts of at most 500 words that clearly indicate the key messages to be shared.  Abstracts may be sent, preferably as Word (.doc or .docx) documents, to info@ubuntunet.net, to arrive no later than 31st August 2015. Collaboratively authored contributions are encouraged and welcome. All abstracts will be double-blind-peer-reviewed by an international panel. Successful authors will be asked to prepare full papers which the Alliance will publish in the conference proceedings. Download Quick guidelines for preparation of Abstracts.

Pre-conference Events

The Conference will be preceded by several other events with varying participation limitations.  These include:

  • Technical Workshop for Engineers;
  • Executive Workshop for the CEOs of member NRENs;
  • AfricaConnect Administrative Meeting;
  • Meetings of the Executive Committee and the Board of the Alliance;
  • Pre-Conference Workshop on Applications

Sponsorship Opportunities

UbuntuNet-Connect conferences provide major commercial and publicity opportunity for services and technology companies. A separate invitation will be extended to those who wish to sponsor the conference. The Call for Sponsors is available for download.

Enquiries may be addressed to info@ubuntunet.net.