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The Case for NRENs


NRENs are essential in providing advan​ced ICT services to the research and education communities. Whilst they are well established i​​n Europe, countries ​in other parts of the world face diffic​ult challen​ges persuading stakeholders​​ of the inherent value in oper​ating an NREN.

There is no one-size-fits-all model for a successful NREN. However, many share similar challenges and can benefit f​​rom being part of a learning and sharing community.

​In that spirit we have gathered materials to assist NRENs, particularly novice ones, find the information, messages and tools to demonstrate the role ​​​and value of NRENs and progress towards sustainable organisations.​​​

The portal was developed in response to demand from a number of regional netw​​​​orks where NRENs are starting up to share global experiences and best practice.​


NREN Case Review Group​

Members of the Review Group that compiled this portal include veteran R&E networking professionals and representatives of the regional network organisations from outside Europe.
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Feasibility Study for a UN Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries
Proposal submitted by an expert panel to the UN in Sept 2015, which outlines the role of NRENs in facilitating a Technology Bank for LDCs.
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Cookbook for ZAMREN applicants
Guidelines to assess the ICT maturity level of institutions applying to join ZAMREN, applicable also to other emerging NRENs.
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Implementing NRENs in landlocked
African countries
Challenges and critical success factors in setting up sustainable NRENs in landlocked African countries.

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Stages of NREN development
Overview of NREN development and connectivity status across Africa.​
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