The story of RENU is a story of faith and perseverance to actualize the ending of extreme isolation of Uganda's researchers and higher education practitioners from their national, regional and global peers, through the "Ubuntu" philosophy (the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity).12th - 13th January
Meeting of VCs of leading universities and CEOs of research institutions, held at Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel in Entebbe, resolves to establish a national research and education network.
RENU incorporated as a not-for-profit organisation limited by guarantee.
RENU hosts 2nd edition of the International UbuntuNet Connect Conference at Hotel Africana in Kampala.
Ministry of Education and Sports recognizes RENU as the National Research and Education Network (NREN) for Uganda.
Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) grants RENU a license to establish and operate a national private network to serve the connectivity needs of all eligible R&E institutions.
Advent of the AfricaConnect Project through the UbuntuNet Alliance.
RENU becomes eligible to participate in the AfricaConnect Project.
UbuntuNet Alliance PoP (Point of Presence) commissioned in Kampala.
First RENU PoP commissioned in Kampala marks the beginning of a private RENU network.
First member institution (Uganda Christian University) gets connected to the new private RENU network.
RENU signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) for backbone network use.
Beginning of the RENU Capacity Building Program, in collaboration with NSRC and INASP.
First upcountry RENU PoP commissioned in Mbarara.
RENU network reaches Kabale in South Western Uganda.
Third RENU PoP commissioned in Mulago, Kampala.
RENU NOC established.
Number of connected member institutions hits 15.
RENU sets up a PoP in Entebbe resulting in five research institutions (NIH, UVRI, MRC, JCRC, and IAVI) and two campuses (Nkumba University and University of Kisubi) joining its network.
First RENU data center is commissioned.
RENU connects to the UIXP [Uganda Internet eXchange Point] at Communications House - Kampala.
RENU sets up a PoP in Mbale resulting in two campuses (Busitema University and UCU Mbale) getting connected to its network.
RENU sets up a new PoP in the northern part of Uganda (Gulu District) resulting in Gulu University joining its network.
RENU secretariat gets a new home - House No. 31, The Edge, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
RENU officially recognized as the 75th National Roaming Operator (NRO) for eduroam in the world.
Annual newsletter launched to mark 10 years since the resolution to establish RENU as the National Research and Education Network (NREN) in Uganda.
Number of connected member institutions hits 50, with 6 countrywide RENU PoPs.
Video conferencing launched as a service by RENU.
RENU initiates the Researchers & Academics Forum (RAF).
RENU Identity Federation (RIF) established.
RENU signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Uganda National Council for Higher Education (UNCHE).
RENU joins the worldwide perfSONAR network.
RENU commissions a direct link from Kampala to UbuntuNet Alliance PoP in London, achieving full international redundancy.
3rd - 4th November
RENU hosts the 9th edition of the international UbuntuNet Connect Conference at Imperial Golf View Hotel in Entebbe, becoming the first NREN to host the event twice!
RENU network reaches Fort Portal and Mountains of the Moon University becomes the 64th campus to get connected to the RENU network.
RENU commissions aggregation PoP in Arua and gets its network to reach West Nile, resulting into Muni University getting connected.
Nabisunsa Girls' School, through their collaboration with Kyambogo University, becomes the first secondary school to get connected to the RENU network.
First edition of the RENU industrial training program is launched.
RENU Cloud launched as a service for RENU member institutions.
RENU Open Source Mirror launched as a service for RENU member institutions.
RENU backbone links upgraded to 10 Gbps.
RENU network reaches Ishaka and Kampala International University - Ishaka campus becomes the 80th site to get connected to the RENU network.
RENU network reaches Jinja and Kampala University - Jinja campus becomes the 85th site to get connected to the RENU network.
RENU network reaches Lira and Lira University becomes the 86th site to get connected to the RENU network.
The RENU Identity Federation (RIF) becomes the 55th federation in the world to join eduGAIN, and the 1st in sub-Saharan Africa outside South Africa.
eduVPN is launched as a service in RENU.
Refugee Law Project becomes the 100th site to get connected to the RENU network.
The RENU link to the UbuntuNet Alliance PoP in Kampala is upgraded to 10 GE.
eduroam is deployed at UCU Arua campus - 500 km from Kampala - arguably the remotest deployment.
RENU network reaches Kasese and Baylor Uganda - Kasese campus is connected to the RENU network.
The Inter-University Council of East Africa (IUCEA) gets connected to the RENU network.
RENU network finally reaches Kagadi and African Rural University (ARU), an all-women university, gets connected to the RENU network.
RENU network finally reaches Soroti and Mbale Clinical Research Institute (MCRI) Soroti gets connected to the RENU network.
RENU introduces the Turnitin Plagiarism Detection Software as a service to its members.
Acacia International School - Junior Campus becomes the 150th site to get connected to the RENU network.