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.

14th January

RENU incorporated as a not-for-profit organisation limited by guarantee.

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) for Uganda.

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.

November

Advent of the AfricaConnect Project through the UbuntuNet Alliance.

September

RENU becomes eligible to participate in the AfricaConnect Project.

January

UbuntuNet Alliance PoP (Point of Presence) commissioned in Kampala.

Febraury

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

25th Febraury

First member institution (Uganda Christian University) gets connected to the 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 the 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.

Febraury

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.

March

First RENU data center is commissioned.

17th May

RENU connects to the UIXP [Uganda Internet eXchange Point] at Communications House - Kampala.

21st July

RENU sets up a PoP in Mbale resulting in two campuses (Busitema University and UCU Mbale) getting connected to its network.

13th August

RENU sets up a new PoP in the northern part of Uganda (Gulu District) resulting in Gulu University joining its network.

1st September

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

7th January

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

15th January

Annual newsletter launched to mark 10 years since the resolution to establish RENU as the National Research and Education Network (NREN) in Uganda.

April

Number of connected member institutions hits 50, with 6 countrywide RENU PoPs.

Video conferencing launched as a service by RENU.

18th July

RENU initiates the Researchers & Academics Forum (RAF).

1st August

RENU Identity Federation (RIF) established.

8th August

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

19th August

RENU joins the worldwide perfSONAR network.

1st September

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!

7th February

RENU network reaches Fort Portal and Mountains of the Moon University becomes the 64th campus to get connected to the RENU network.

22nd April

RENU commissions aggregation PoP in Arua and gets its network to reach West Nile, resulting into Muni University getting connected.

5th May

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

1st June

First edition of the RENU industrial training program is launched.

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 reaches Ishaka and Kampala International University - Ishaka campus becomes the 80th site to get connected to the RENU network.

10th January

RENU network reaches Jinja and Kampala University - Jinja campus becomes the 85th site to get connected to the RENU network.

12th Janaury

RENU network reaches Lira and Lira University becomes the 86th site to get connected to the RENU network.

30th Janaury

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.

27th April

eduVPN is launched as a service in RENU.

31st July

Refugee Law Project becomes 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 10 GE.

9th November

eduroam is deployed at UCU Arua campus - 500 km from Kampala - arguably the remotest deployment.

16th January

RENU network reaches Kasese and Baylor Uganda - Kasese campus is connected to the RENU network.

22nd February

The Inter-University Council of East Africa (IUCEA) gets connected to the RENU network.

15th March

RENU network finally reaches Kagadi and African Rural University (ARU), an all-women university, gets connected to the RENU network.

12th April

RENU network finally reaches Soroti and Mbale Clinical Research Institute (MCRI) Soroti gets connected to the RENU network.

13th December

Acacia International School - Junior Campus becomes the 150th site to get connected to the RENU network.