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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 es​tablished i​​n Europe, countries in other parts of the world face diffic​ult challen​ges persuading stakeholders​​ of the inherent value in oper​atin​​​g 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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The role and status of NRENs in Africa
This report by Michael Foley on behalf of the World Bank provides guidance to governments, institutions, and development partners on how to approach the provision of ICT services to the higher education and research community
in Africa.

Tapping into Research and Education Networks
This article in the magazine Campus Technology highlights opportunities and challenges for NRENs to cater to the needs of schools in the USA

World Development Report 2016 - Digital dividends
This World Bank document highlights the importance of ICT for a country and provides several examples of successful implementation.

The potential of NRENs
Supporting document to the TANDEM project survey to develop a roadmap for the development of NRENs in West and Central Africa.

Click here to view the French version.

An NREN for the American University of Beirut
Arguments for the establishment of an NREN in Lebanon.