2017 Internet2 Global Summit

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Networks in Thailand and Uganda: Perspectives from Internet2-NSRC Fellows

Time 04/26/17 04:30PM-05:30PM

Room Meeting Room 5

Session Abstract

This exciting session will feature presentations from guests and NSRC-Internet2 fellows Dr. Kanchana Kanchanusat (Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand) and Ms. Sarah Kiden (Research and Education Network for Uganda) focusing on the current state of R&E networks in Thailand and Uganda and the Research and Education collaborations existing between Internet2 members and partner institutions in Thailand and Uganda. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session and open discussion on the challenges that NRENs all around the world face and overcome.

Since 2011, the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) and Internet2 have partnered to support the participation of more than 35 NREN staff in Internet2 events such as the Global Summit and Technology Exchange. Talks include:

  • Dr. Kanchana Kanchanusat on "Capacity Building via Research and Education Network": Thai R&E networks were instrumental in shaping the Thai Internet industry and infrastructures for these past decades. It is one of the very few examples of how experiments within the university environment could be put to practical use in such a short period of time with such an impact on our daily life today. From an informal grouping of a few people calling themselves TCSNet, over these years, several Thai R&E networks sprung up and converged to ThaiREN with 10G backbone reaching over 300 government universities and 15 research institutes covering the entire country. In this talk, we will draw attention to how the development of the Thai R&E network has greatly contributed to human resources capacity building throughout these years.

  • Sarah Kiden on "An NREN journey - Perspectives from Africa": A few years ago, Research and Education Network for Uganda (RENU) was not able to operate its own network. Positive support from potential members (research and education institutions), relationships/collaborations with partners, operator’s licence and the AfricaConnect project saw the birth the RENU network, which started with several benefits for member institutions, including much lower bandwidth costs. With a stable network, RENU is now looking beyond connectivity, to research, collaboration and other initiatives through which member institutions can benefit from having faster and better network connections.

    Africa’s isolation from the knowledge society is steadily coming to an end and there are opportunities for engagements between Ugandan/African institutions and other institutions in other parts of the world. Fortunately, a lot of collaborations have already started between researchers in Uganda and the U.S. though a lot more can be done.

    This session will present RENU’s experience and journey: the past (network growth), present and future plans. Focus will be on collaborative research programmes between RENU member institutions and U.S. research and education institutions.


Speaker Kanchana Kanchanasut Asian Institute of Technology

Speaker Sarah Kiden Uganda Christian University

Presentation Media

media item thumbnail The NREN Journey: Perspectives from Uganda

Speaker Sarah Kiden Uganda Christian University

Primary track Research and Education

Secondary tracks Applications and Services

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