During discussions at AIS 14  in Djibouti, it came out that many African academic and research institutions find the application process at AfriNIC too complex, which is certainly just a perception.
Acknowledging the fact that many of us feel more comfortable with a one-on-one support rather than posting on mailing lists, WACREN has set up a Support Team on the issue to boost IP resources allocation requests from academic and research institutions.
The objective is to secure IPv4 resources for academic and research institutions. AfriNIC is presently the only RIR that still has IPv4 address blocks and they will disappear very fast. So, now is the time to request IPv4 blocks and at the same time IPv6 resources, and start implementing IPv6.

NgREN commissioned

NgREN’s Secretariat and NMC was officially commissioned in Abuja on Tuesday 8 July 2014.

WACREN CEO and CTO were present at this important event

More at http://ngren.edu.ng/news/presidential-commissioning-of-the-ngren.

Virtualisation and Cloud Workshop - Accra, Ghana, 15-19 September 2014.

WACREN organizes its first regional training workshop in Accra, Ghana, on 15-19 September 2014.  

The hands-on workshop  is organized in collaboration with the Ghanaian Academic and Research Network (GARNET),  the Association of African Universities (AAU) and NSRC, and hosted by University of Ghana, Legon.

The workshop will be held in English

Workshop Goals

This track will provide an overview of virtualization technology with a series of hands-on practical exercises, so that participants will be able to:
  • Build desktop virtualization with VirtualBox
  • Build server virtualization with KVM and libvirt
  • Use file and block shared storage and live VM migration
  • Build redundant VM clusters with Ganeti
  • Some knowledge of UNIX/Linux, with experience of the command line is strongly suggested
  • Basic understanding of L2/L3 technologies and IP networking are a plus
  • Participants must bring their own laptops (Windows, Linux or OSX) with wireless, 1GB+ RAM, and 5GB+ free disk space.


  1. All participants will have to secure funds for their travel, including visa fees where applicable
  2. International participants will be provided accommodation and meals
  3. Lunches and coffee breaks will be provided to all participants

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

Deadline for application is 15 August 2014.   Now 31 July 2014 due to oversubscription


WACREN CEO wins 2014 NII service award

WACREN CEO  Boubakar Barry has won the 2014 Network Information & Infrastructure (NII) Service Award.   Dr Barry who comes from Senegal won the award for his commitment to capacity building and Internet development in Africa including his work in supporting the emergence and the strengthening of several research and education networks in Africa.

Dr Barry said as he received the award from the 2013 recipient, Mr Alan Barrett that “It’s a great honor for me to receive the 2014 Network Information & Infrastructure (NI&I) Service Award. I see it as recognition of my active involvement in the Internet community for almost 20 years now. Being more active in the research and education networking community as Convener of AfREN for the past eight years, I would like to share this honourable moment with all those who work tirelessly to build state of the art infrastructures, and offer services to support quality education and research in Africa.”


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