How it all Started!
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 becomes a member of the UbuntuNet Alliance.
12th – 13th November
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 CERT established.
RENU signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).
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 signs an MoU with Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to connect over 50 schools 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.
RENU removes caps on international traffic to enable unrestricted data communication to support the country’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) – Masindi becomes the 200th site to get connected to the RENU network.
RENU launches a free open source cloud-based e-learning environment, with Moodle as the Learning Management System (LMS).
RENU launches Shared Bandwidth Capacity for small institutions and research offices that would otherwise find a dedicated link unaffordable.
RENU launches metro-eduroam to enable off-campus connectivity to support its members work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
RENU launches Zero-rated Mobile Access for students and staff of RENU member institutions to access their institutions’ websites and e-learning portals without loading a data bundle on MTN and Airtel.
RENU joins the global initiative Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS).
Busega Community School for the Deaf and Blind becomes the first education institution for children with special needs to get connected to the RENU network.
RENU marks 15 years of existence.
RENU deploys first LoRaWAN gateway.
RENU integrates one of the Google Global Caches (GGC) in its data center to improve user experience with many of the web-based applications.
RENU launches the Celestini: Uganda Program (in partnership with the Marconi Society, NSRC and RANLab) to train undergraduate students of members Institutions in eduroam and support Masters and PhD Students taking on LoRaWAN IoT-based research projects.
RENU launches the Free Wireless Access Points Project for schools with Entebbe S.S being the first beneficiary.
Heritage International School becomes the the 1st school in Uganda to join eduroam, bringing the number of institutions on eduroam to 25.
Lyantonde-DHO infectious diseases research facility, under the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Project, becomes the 250th site to get connected to the RENU network.
RENU network reaches Kalangala and the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) – Kalangala District Health Office campus becomes the 256th site to get connected to the RENU network.
RENU secures a USD 200,000 grant through the Building Opportunities/Leveraging Technologies (BOLT) Grant Program of the Internet Society Foundation to extend the reach of FREE connectivity across Uganda.
The HIV/AIDS research facility in Soroti, under The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO) Uganda becomes the 300th site to get connected to the RENU network.
RENU launches Metro eduroam service upcountry; extends Metro eduroam to 15 upcountry towns/cities across Uganda.
RENU network finally reaches Kisoro and Metropolitan International University (MIU) – Kisoro gets connected to the RENU network.
Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) renews RENU’s licence to extend connectivity and other telecommunications services to research & education institutions countrywide.
RENU signs a Memorandum of Understanding with National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) to collaborate as partners in the enhancement of the quality and equity of access to higher education through optimal utilization of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
RENU signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) to enhance collaboration in the development of research management systems for Data Capture, Storage, Discovery, Sharing, Dissemination and Innovation.
The World University Service of Canada becomes the 400th site to get connected to the RENU network.
UCC partners with RENU to connect 90 secondary schools to the RENU network.
RENU launches eduroam on the Go, a solution to keep researchers and university staff connected to the Internet Anytime, Anywhere.
The Makerere Joint Aids Program (MJAP) in Kamuli, becomes the 450th site to get connected to the RENU network.
RENU opens up a new office branch at Plot 6B, Mabua Rd, Kololo.
Kiira Motors Corporation becomes the 500th site to get connected to the RENU network through the MoU between RENU and UNCST, which was signed in 2022.
RENU launches eduroam SpoT, an App that notifies users about the presence of an eduroam hotspot in the vicinity, and helps the users locate the hotspot.
RENU launches a landmark partnership to avail data centre facilities, to RENU member institutions, in Uganda’s first enterprise-grade, Tier III certified carrier-neutral data centre.
RENU establishes a joint venture with Mesh ++ to manufacture solar-powered routers in Uganda, the first routers to be made in Uganda.
RENU enters into a twinning partnership with Sikt, the Norwegian Agency for Shared Services in Education and Research, which is sponsored by GEANT, to enable RENU to roll out the Campus Network as a Service (CNaaS) solution in Uganda.
RENU launches KobWeb, our community magazine.