Internet Society to host Summit on Community Networks in Nairobi, Kenya

The 2nd Summit on Community Networks will be held on 25 – 26 May in Nairobi, Kenya and aims to build on the successful discussions that took place at the inaugural summit, held in November 2016. The 2nd summit will be preceded by a 3-day technical workshop on wireless networking technologies from May 22 – 24, 2017.
Community established networks also referred to as “Community Networks” (CN) have existed for many years and, provide a sustainable solution to address the connectivity gaps that exist in urban, remote, and rural areas around the world. In Africa, where these gaps are more evident, a recent survey was able to identify 37 community networks
initiatives in 12 African countries, of which 25 are considered active.
The objective of the summit is to promote the creation and growth of Community Networks, increase collaboration between community network operators in the region and to provide an opportunity for them to engage with other stakeholders.
The 2nd Summit will be held alongside the Africa Internet Summit (AIS) in Nairobi, Kenya, with the expectation that the synergies that exist between these communities can lead to more innovation and collaboration.
The meeting targets Community Network operators, Wireless Network researchers, Policy Makers, Regulators and Regulatory Associations, Civil Society organizations and members of the public interested on the topic.

The Community Networks Summit, to be held at the Boma Hotel in Nairobi, will be preceded by the Wireless Networking Technical Workshop on May 22 – 24, 2017.

Further details about the Summit can be obtained from the event website.

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