BJNet: Another Way to Build a NREN
This paper presents the way a gigabit NREN (National Research and Education Network) covering the whole country of Benin and that will connect over twenty university centers is being built using mainly local unused infrastructures and local permanent staff already paid by the State of Benin (predominantly personnel from the Université d’Abomey-Calavi, UAC, in Benin and from Benin Armed Forces). The necessary additional equipments were provided by a relatively modest ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States Organization) project mainly funded by the EU. The necessary expertise was mostly provided by a Belgian university, Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), a Beninese university, Université d’Abomey-Calavi (UAC), signal officers from Benin Armed Forces (FAB) and the Belgian NREN, Belnet.
KeywordsNREN Internetworking Network design and implementation Development Campus network Civil-Military cooperation (CIMIC) Development policy
The authors and the whole BJNet team want to thank first the ACP organization and Europe-Aid for funding BJNet through grant contract external action of the EU FED/2010/250-288. The authors want also to thank the partners and other contributors to the implementation of the network: in Belgium, Belnet which provided help to set up an Eduroam service, the Ministry of Defense which provided transportation to Benin for part of the equipment, UCL which managed all the procurement process and the administrative tasks related to the grant contract; and, in Benin, the Ministries of Communications (MCTIC), Economy and Finances (MEF) and Higher Education and Research (MESRS) for all their contributions. Benin Armed Forces are also thanked for the constant support of the general staff and in particular the successive Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Boni, Gen.Okè, Gen. Akpona, Gen. Gbèssèmèhlan and Gen. Nangnimi. The military staff provided an important contribution to building the network. Finally, the Rector and Vice-Rector of Université d’Abomey-Calavi, prof. Sinsin and Farougou and their staff who where the other big contributors to building the network.
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