African universities have very poor internet connectivity, often inefficiently using available bandwidth. Without informed management, internet connections are frequently overwhelmed by viruses, spam, peer-to-peer traffic and other malware, rendering them unusable.
The need for training had been widely articulated by educational institutions, network administrators and the national research and education networks (NRENs) who work with them. The Kenya Education Network (KENET) is an NREN providing internet and technical support to 40 member institutions.
This joint project between Aptivate and KENET addressed the need for effective internet access in African educational institutions by providing training for network administrators, and capacity building for local trainers of network administrators. The project also created a set of tested and revised training materials that were made freely available, and would be applicable to any future bandwidth and network management training.