Partnership with WACREN, and NREN roadmaps
The digital divide between Africa and Europe is contributing to a scientific divide: most partnership research programmes cannot be set up without sufficient digital coverage.
It is therefore essential that the National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) grow in order to reduce the North-South digital divide.
These networks will enable the Research and Education community to access a portfolio of services and a stable, reliable, secure, fast and dedicated telecommunications infrastructure similar to RENATER in France.
In March 2011, RENATER signed a collaboration agreement with the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) with the objective of developing cooperation and supporting NREN development in this part of the world.
Since then, RENATER, with support from CIRAD and IRD, has developed NREN roadmaps in Cameroon, Madagascar and Côte d’Ivoire. It has also been involved in defining WACREN’s strategy through the TANDEM H2020 project.
Furthermore, following on its involvement in “Journées Réseaux de l’Enseignement et de la Recherche” (networking days in the Education and Research community, or JRES) in 2017, RENATER is continuing to support the development of its counterparts in French-speaking Africa by launching the “eqt4wacren” initiative.
Providing expertise for EUMEDCONNECT 3 and AFRICACONNECT 2
“AfricaConnect2 supports the development of high-capacity internet networks for research and education across Africa. It builds on existing networks in Eastern and Southern Africa and North Africa and will extend connectivity into West and Central Africa.”
“EUMEDCONNECT3 sets out to create a high-capacity dedicated internet network for the research and education communities across the eastern Mediterranean region, enabling scientists and academics to collaborate and engage in innovative, data-intensive international projects.”