SEACOM cable landing in Mogadishu brings hope for SomaliREN

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Earlier this month the SEACOM cable landed in the Somali capital, Mogadishu reviving talks about operationalizing the country's National Research and Education Network (NREN).

'Greetings from Mogadishu, Somalia. I am writing to you this e-mail using fiber optic connectivity from Benadir university campus in Mogadishu,' wrote Dr. Abdi Dalmar, Rector of Benadir University in his email to Prof Bjorn Pehrson. Benadir University is a founding member of SomaliREN.

'I wanted to share with you this phenomenal news, and I hope that we can revive our planned project for SomaliREN universities from Mogadishu now,' he added.

News about the SEACOM cable landing and how it changed lives in Mogadishu was reported by BBC Africa on 10th April 2014. The article quoted Liban Egal of Somalia Wireless, a local internet service provider (ISP) saying that the difference in speed was like the difference between 'day and night'.

SomaliREN, the NREN of Somalia became 11th NREN to join the Alliance in November 2009 and was announced at the UbuntuNet-Connect 2009. Its current membership includes 9 Universities.

The hope for the research and education community in Somalia and those in the diaspora, especially in Sweden is that universities could be used as agents for change in the troubled country and this role could be reinforced by connecting SomaliREN to the global research and education networking infrastructure and community via the UbuntuNet network.