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. Owing to the Internet connectivity challenges most RENU member institutions face as their staff, students and researchers work or study from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, RENU extended eduroam beyond the campuses to other 300 hotspots in Kampala, Mukono and Entebbe, to help them access free, secure and trusted wireless Internet connectivity while they work and study off-campus.