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WACREN - Ensuring NREN Sustainability

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Presented at RENConf 2013 hosted by OsunREN at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on November 25 - 26 2013.

Presented at RENConf 2013 hosted by OsunREN at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on November 25 - 26 2013.

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    • 1. Ensuring NREN sustainability Osun-Ife REN Conference Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, 25 November 2013 Omo OAIYA WACREN omo@wacren.net
    • 2. Overview • • • • • • • • About WACREN Recent Developments Developments at country level Proposed Topology Activities Sustaining WACREN Business and Financial Models Sustainability Tips 25/11/2013 OAU REN Conference 2
    • 3. About WACREN • • • • Registered in Ghana in 2010 22 potential member NRENs Second Board and 1st CEO appointed recently Operational agreement with Ubuntunet Alliance • Partner in AfricaConnect – Capacity Building • Partnership with RENATER • Affiliate partner in eI4Africa project 25/11/2013 OAU REN Conference 3
    • 4. Our NRENs 8 Established NRENs • GARNET - Ghana • snRER - Senegal • MaliREN - Mali • RITER - Cote d’Ivoire • NigerREN - Niger • GabonREN - Gabon • TogoREN- Togo • NgREN- Nigeria Ongoing Initiatives in Benin, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Chad and Guinea 25/11/2013 OAU REN Conference 4
    • 5. Recent developments  First WACREN AGM (Abuja, July 2013)      Adoption of new constitution Appointment of new Chair of the Board Appointment of CEO Search and Nomination Committee for Board New Board appointed on 1st September 2013 (6 members, incl. CEO)  CEO took office on 1st October 2013  First Board (virtual) meeting in October 2013 25/11/2013 OAU REN Conference 5
    • 6. NREN Development   Slow, but significant progress in some countries Most advanced (close to getting operational):  NgREN  Funding from World Bank  10G MPLS core completed and several links successfully tested (mostly STM-1s)  Video-conferencing equipment delivered and installed in universities in Phase 1  NMC almost completed and network commissioning and launch expected to be done soon  GARNET  Agreement with telecom operator for provision of links to member institutions @ US$100/Mbps (based on STM1 links)  5 member institutions have already signed up 25/11/2013 OAU REN Conference 6
    • 7. NREN Development  snRER      Other countries   25/11/2013 Funding from World Bank (equipment and international connectivity) – procurement process in progress 4 out of 5 public universities already on government fiber backbone Video-conferencing equipment delivered and installed in all public universities and regional hospitals 5th university to be connected via Gb/s wireless link RITER (ci): data centers commissioned; negotiation with telecom operators for interconnection in progress TogoREN: challenges at campus level (campus network of Université de Kara) OAU REN Conference 7
    • 8. Many Possibilities 25/11/2013 OAU REN Conference 8
    • 9. Proposed Topology (1) 25/11/2013 OAU REN Conference 9
    • 10. Proposed Topology (2) ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ Simple - Core + Access 3 principal IX at Dakar, Lagos and Accra (+ Douala/Libreville) Multiple Submarine Cable Access 2 links to Paris and London Redundant links from Hubs to NRENs > 1 Gig Access > 10G Core Long term IRU’s 25/11/2013 OAU REN Conference 10
    • 11. International activities    Discussion underway with ASREN for sharing rack space in London  Router donated by Cisco/ISOC  RFI sent to NRENs for establishment of first link to GEANT  Meeting ASREN and UA in London ei4Africa  Raise awareness and build build cooperation between EuroAfrican NRENs, RENs & user communities  Produce a state-of-the-art study of e-Infrastructure application uptake in Africa  Flagship demonstrations to illustrate relevance AfricaConnect  EC supported regional network of Southern and Eastern African countries using terrestrial facilities with interconnection to GÉANT 25/11/2013  Phase II readiness survey Conference and Central Africa underfoot for West OAU REN 11
    • 12. Sustainability ▪ What does this mean to us?    Ability to finance WACREN from service revenues Progressively reduce dependency on donor funding How do we plan to achieve?     25/11/2013 Long term transparent operational plan with ownership and support from NREN members Build and sustain demand for services Reduce operating costs Involve private sector OAU REN Conference 12
    • 13. Critical Elements  Low Internet bandwidth prices     Low cost campus wireless Innovative R&E services Well-trained and motivated ICT staff Community participation in service development and governance. 25/11/2013 OAU REN Conference 13
    • 14. WACREN Business Model    Skinny Secretariat Federate interests of NREN communities Capitalize network to reduce operating costs    Indefeasible Right of Use - IRU Share costs of international connections Leverage NREN Capacities      25/11/2013 Access to submarine communication cables Peering with local commodity networks at Internet Exchanges Research Communities Establish NOCs at NREN Level & Capacity Building for NREN techs to maintain NOCs Local industry relationships OAU REN Conference 14
    • 15. Financial Model      Secretariat and Staffing Costs Costs of Regional Network International Connectivity Service Costs Capacity Building 25/11/2013 OAU REN Conference 15
    • 16. Sustainability Tips for NRENs       Have a clear REN mission and policies owned by members and accepted by industry. Have a representative council of members in addition to the board to sustain collective. Drive conversations towards collaboration within the community and with external stakeholders – Government, Telcos, Regulator. Look for dark fibre or wavelengths – be change agents. Do not compete unfairly with the market Ultimate goal is to increase demand! 25/11/2013 OAU REN Conference 16
    • 17. Ese pupo I pointed out to you the stars and all you saw was the tip of my finger – African Proverb We need to look beyond the finger tip! Email: omo@wacren.net Website: http://www.wacren.net 25/11/2013 OAU REN Conference 17