eduroam picks its name from education roaming. Most times, visiting researchers or part-timing lecturers at a particular institution have to contact the IT departments to get access to the network which is normally availed in the form of temporary user accounts, or shared passwords for wireless connections. However, this can easily expose them to cyber insecurity. At worst, they do not have access to the Internet at all. With eduroam, when staff members or researchers from an eduroam subscribing institution visit another institution that has eduroam, they get connected to the wireless network securely and instantly without asking anyone.

eduroam is now present in more than 100 countries globally, and RENU is the National Roaming Operator (NRO) for eduroam in Uganda.

When COVID-19 hit the Country in 2020 and education institutions were closed, RENU decided to extend eduroam to various locations in the city in form of Metro eduroam.