Three more African countries, Benin, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire, have connected to the specialised internet network for research and education enabled by the West and Central African Research and Education Network, or WACREN.

This represents a step forward while most countries on the continent still lack adequate digital infrastructure and systems to support higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The connection of the three countries to the WACREN network was partly funded by the European Commission through AfricaConnect2, a project aimed at supporting high-capacity internet networks for research and education across Africa.

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