RENU History Timeline

 
 
2006
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.

2009
12th - 13th November

RENU hosts 2nd edition of the international UbuntuNet Connect Conference at Hotel Africana in Kampala.

30th November

Ministry of Education and Sports recognizes RENU as the National Research and Education Network (NREN) in Uganda.

2010
5th July

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.

2012
November

Advent of the AfricaConnect project, through the UbuntuNet Alliance.

2014
January

UbuntuNet Alliance PoP commissioned in Kampala.

14th January

RENU incorporated as a limited liability organization.

February

First RENU PoP commissioned in Kampala – marks the beginning of a private RENU network.

25th February

First member institution (Uganda Christian University) gets connected to new private RENU network.

14th April

RENU signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Information Technology Authority – Uganda (NITA-U) for backbone network use.

28th April

Beginning of RENU capacity building program, in collaboration with NSRC and INASP.

September

First upcountry RENU PoP commissioned in Mbarara. RENU network reaches Kabale in south western Uganda.

November

Third RENU PoP commissioned in Mulago, Kampala. RENU NOC established.

December

Number of connected member institutions hits 15!

2015
February

RENU set up a Point-of-Presence (PoP) in Entebbe. As a result five research institutions; NIH, UVRI, MRC, JCRC and IAVI and two campuses; Nkumba University and University of Kisubi were connected to the RENU network.

March

First RENU datacenter commissioned.

17th May

RENU was able to connect to the UIXP [Uganda Internet Exchange Point] at Communications House - Kampala. As result, RENU traffic to local ISP networks and other Ugandan networks has been kept within the country thus greatly improving access to local content. Through the UIXP, RENU has also been able to access Content Delivery Networks [CDNs] such as Akamai and Google.

21st July

RENU was able to set up a Point-of-Presence (PoP) in Mbale. As a result two campuses; Busitema University and UCU Mbale were connected to the RENU network.

13th August

RENU set up a new Point of Presence in the northern part of Uganda (Gulu District). As a result Gulu University joined the RENU Network and we are looking forward to welcoming many new members on board.

1st September

RENU secretariat gets a new home - House No. 31, The Edge, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

2016
7th January

RENU officially recognized as the 75th National Roaming Operator (NRO) in the world for eduroam.

15th January

Annual newsletter launched to mark 10 years since the resolution to establish RENU as the national research and education network in Uganda.

April

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

RENU initiates Reseachers & Academics’ Forum (RAF)

1st August

RENU Identity Federation (RIF) established.

8th August

RENU signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Uganda National Council for Higher Education.

19th August

RENU joins worldwide perfSONAR network.

1st September

RENU commissions direct link from Kampala to UbuntuNet Alliance PoP in London, achieving full international redundancy.

3rd-4th November

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!

2017
7th February

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

RENU commissions Aggregation PoP in Arua. RENU network reaches West Nile and Muni University gets connected.

5th May

Nabisunsa Girls School, through their collaboration with Kyambogo University, became the first secondary school to get connected to the RENU network

1st June

First edition of the RENU industrial training program

1st August

RENU cloud launched as a service for RENU member institutions.

8th August

RENU open source mirror launched as a service for RENU member institutions.

August

RENU backbone links upgraded to 10 Gbps.

11th October

RENU network finally reached Ishaka when Kampala International University Ishaka campus became the 80th site to get connected to the RENU network.

2018
10th January

RENU network finally reached Jinja when Kampala Univeristy Jinja campus became the 85th site to get connected to the RENU network.

12th January

RENU network finally reached Lira when Lira University became the 86th site to get connected to the RENU network.

30th January

The RENU Identity Federation (RIF) became the 55th federation in the world to join eduGAIN, and the 1st in sub-Saharan Africa outside South Africa.

27th April

eduVPN was launched as a service in RENU.

31st July

RENU network connects Refugee Law Project making it the 100th site to get connected to the RENU network.

22nd September

The RENU link to the UbuntuNet Alliance PoP in Kampala is upgraded to 10G