African RRENs

The UbuntuNet Alliance (UA), West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) and the Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN) are the three regional networking organisations that deliver AfricaConnect3 locally.

AfricaConnect3 map

UbuntuNet Alliance

The UbuntuNet Alliance is the regional association of NRENs in Eastern and Southern Africa. It was established in the latter half of 2005 and currently comprises participating NRENs in 17 countries. The UbuntuNet Alliance manages UbuntuNet, the regional network backbone that interconnects NRENs and connects them to other regional networks, such as its pan-European counterpart GÉANT.

West and Central African Research and Education Network

WACREN is the West and Central African Research and Education Network, and currently has 17 established NREN members.

Arab States Research and Education Network

ASREN was launched in 2010 under the auspices of the League of Arab States and the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID), to connect NRENs across the Arab region. Building on the EUMEDCONNECT3 and Africaconnect2 networks, ASREN fosters long-term sustainability of e-infrastructures in North Africa and the neighbouring Gulf region, potentially serving a population of over 250 million people.

Prof. Madara Ogot, CEO
Golden Peacock Complex, P.O. Box: 2550, Lilongwe, Malawi
(+265) 999 989 300;

Dr. Boubakar Barry, CEO
VCG Office Complex, IPS Road, P.O. Box LG1279, Legon, Accra, Ghana
(+233) 302942873;

Yousef Torman
Shmeisani, P.O. Box: 921100, Amman 11192 Jordan
(+962) 65100900 / (+962) 779907900;


GÉANT is the pan-European network that interconnects Europe’s national research and education networking (NREN) organisations with a high bandwidth pan-European backbone and provides a range of additional services that support research and educational collaborations.

Together with its partner NRENs and RRENs, GÉANT makes high-performance connectivity available to research and education (R&E) institutions across the world, while also providing access to a range of value-added services that support collaboration and exchange between the various user groups in the R&E community.

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