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Ugandan hospital gets affordable internet, improved network performance

Nsambya, a 375 bed referral hospital in Uganda would still have been paying 5 times more than it is currently paying for Internet bandwidth if its management had not taken the smart decision to connect to the national research and education network (NREN) of Uganda, RENU.

In 2019, the institution became the first hospital to connect to RENU, one of the UbuntuNet Alliance NREN members participating in the European union co-funded AfricaConnect project, which in part aims at reducing the cost of Internet connectivity for African universities and research institutions. A not-for-profit facility operating in the capital Kampala, Nsambya Hospital was struggling to afford the high bandwidth rates from commercial Internet providers and the hospital was also suffering from a poor network performance.

Submitted by Jane Gifford

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