Building resilient DNS Infrastructure and Introduction to DNSSEC Workshop - Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - Oct 10-14 2016

WACREN organizes its third regional capacity building workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from the   10 - 14 October 2016

The workshop will be organized in collaboration with the Burkina Faso Research and Education Network (FasoREN), the University of Ougadougou and AfricaConnect2.

The workshop will be held in English

Goal:  The 5-day DNSSEC awareness and hands on-training workshop on resilient DNS infrastructure will include a refresher on guiding principles and best practices for building campus networks.    

Targeted at network/systems administrators and engineers from campus networks and NRENs,  it will cover configuring nameservers, managing forward and reverse zones, and basic security mechanisms to DNSSEC concepts, configurations, and operations for authentication of transactions and integrity of DNS data.

A laptop with wireless capability, understanding of general networking concepts and knowledge of UNIX/Linux 


  • All participants will have to secure funds for their travel, including visa fees where applicable.
  • International participants will be provided with free accommodation (from 9 - 15 October 2016)
  • Lunches and coffee breaks will be provided for all participants for the duration of the workshop.

Interested candidates who meet the requirements can apply.  Candidates from the UbuntuNet Alliance and ASREN regions are encouraged to apply.

Register your interest at

Deadline for application is  09 September 2016

WACREN and MaliREN sign AfricaConnect2 agreement

The CEOs of WACREN and MaliREN have signed on 11 August 2016 in Bamako an agreement for the participation of MaliREN in the AfricaConnect2 project.  The signing ceremony was chaired by the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Mali and attended by university Rectors, Director Generals of research institutions of Mali, representatives of the World Bank funded PADES project and other officials.

"Mali is engaged in a deep reform of its higher education sector. There is no doubt that the AfricaConnect2 project will contribute to the improvement of the working environment of all our higher education and research institutions through high capacity connectivity, and thus to the achievement of the objectives of this major reform that Mali is pursuing with the support of the World Bank through the PADES project" 

Prof. Assétou Founé Samaké Migan,  Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Mali

“Through this agreement between WACREN and MaliREN for the proivision of connectivity and services to the Malian higher education and research community, the government of Mali has seized a unique opportunity for an unprecedented improvement of the connectivity of higher education and research institutions of Mali.

A thank you is due to the European Union for funding of AfricaConnect2 and to the World Bank, through the PADES project, for making available the needed funds for MaliREN to join the project.

WACREN and its partner GEANT extend a warm welcome to MaliREN to the AfricaConnect2 project”.

Dr. Boubakar Barry, CEO of WACREN

Gn-REN has been established and has joined the WACREN family

The national research and education network of Guinea has been established and has joined WACREN as a member.

Congratulations to Gn-REN and welcome to the NREN family!

WACREN and TogoRER sign AfricaConnect2 agreement

WACREN CEO and the Minister of Science and Research of Togo signed an agreement for the participation of TogoRER in the AfricaConnect2 project on 1st August in Togo.

TogoRER signs up to AfricaConnect project
Speaking to the officials and the media present, Dr. Boubakar Barry said: “With this agreement, WACREN will provide connectivity and services to TogoRER through the AfricaConnect2 project.  This will improve connectivity for higher education and research institutions of Togo in an unprecedented manner”.

Prof. Octave Broohm said: “The government of Togo is committed to improving connectivity and other IT services for all universities and research centers in Togo. The AfricaConnect2 is therefore timely and Togo cannot miss the opportunity of being part of it”.

In their speeches at a signing ceremony held at the ministry, both used the opportunity to thank the European Union for funding the AfricaConnect2 project.


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