RENU History Timeline


12th - 13th January 2006
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.
12th - 13th November 2009
RENU hosts 2nd edition of the international UbuntuNet Connect Conference at Hotel Africana in Kampala.
30th November 2009
Ministry of Education and Sports recognizes RENU as the National Research and Education Network (NREN) in Uganda.
5th July 2010
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.
November 2012
Advent of the AfricaConnect project, through the UbuntuNet Alliance.
January 2014
UbuntuNet Alliance PoP commissioned in Kampala.
14th January 2014
RENU incorporated as a limited liability organization.
February 2014
First RENU PoP commissioned in Kampala – marks the beginning of a private RENU network.
25th February 2014
First member institution (Uganda Christian University) gets connected to new private RENU network.
14th April 2014
RENU signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Information Technology Authority – Uganda (NITA-U) for backbone network use.
28th April 2014
Beginning of RENU capacity building program, in collaboration with NSRC and INASP.
September 2014
First upcountry RENU PoP commissioned in Mbarara. RENU network reaches Kabale in south western Uganda.
November 2014
Third RENU PoP commissioned in Mulago, Kampala. RENU NOC established.
December 2014
Number of connected member institutions hits 15!
March 2015
First RENU datacenter commissioned.
1st September 2015
RENU secretariat gets a new home - House No. 31, The Edge, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
7th January 2016
RENU officially recognized as the 75th National Roaming Operator (NRO) in the world for eduroam.
15th January 2016
Annual newsletter launched to mark 10 years since the resolution to establish RENU as the national research and education network in Uganda.
April 2016
Number of connected member institutions hits 50, with 6 countrywide RENU PoPs! - including Entebbe, Gulu, and Mbale. Video conferencing launched as service by RENU.
18th July 2016
RENU initiates Reseachers & Academics’ Forum (RAF)
1st August 2016
RENU Identity Federation (RIF) established.
8th August 2016
RENU signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Uganda National Council for Higher Education.
19th August 2016
RENU joins worldwide perfSONAR network.
1st September 2016
RENU commissions direct link from Kampala to UbuntuNet Alliance PoP in London, achieving full international redundancy.
3rd-4th November 2016
RENU hosts 9th edition of the international UbuntuNet Connect conference at Imperial Golf View Hotel in Entebbe; becoming the FIRST NREN to host the event twice!
7th February 2017
RENU network finally reached Fort Portal when Mountains of the Moon University became the 64th campus to get connected to the RENU network.
22nd April 2017
RENU commissions Aggregation PoP in Arua. RENU network reaches West Nile and Muni University gets connected.
5th May 2017
Nabisunsa Girls School, through their collaboration with Kyambogo University, became the first secondary school to get connected to the RENU network
1st August 2017
RENU cloud launched as a service for RENU member institutions.
8th August 2017
RENU open source mirror launched as a service for RENU member institutions.
August 2017
RENU backbone links upgraded to 10 Gbps.