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Second Summit on Community Networks in Africa

Summit on Community Networks in Africa & Wireless Networking Workshop 2017


The 2nd Summit on Community Networks, which will be held on 25 – 26 May in Nairobi, Kenya, alongside the Africa Internet Summit (AIS'17), 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 22 - 24 May 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. It is for this reason that the 2nd Summit will be hosted during the Africa Internet Summit (AIS'17) event in Nairobi, Kenya. The synergies that exist between these communities can only lead to more innovation and collaboration!  

The 2nd Summit on Community Networks Agenda is available here.

'Supporting the Creation and Scalability of Affordable Access Solutions: Understanding Community Networks in Africa' report can be found here.

More event photos can be found here.

Who Should Attend:

Community Network operators, Wireless Network researchers, Policy Makers, Regulators and Regulatory Associations, Civil Society organizations and members of the public interested in the topic. 

Activity Outline: 
Venue: The Boma Hotel

3-Day Wireless Networking Workshop Topics:

1. Intro to Telecommunications: signals, amplitude, power, frequency, phase, noise, spectrum, bandwidth, signal to noise ratio. Modulation. Medium access techniques. Channel capacity. 

2. Wave propagation: attenuation, absorption, reflection, refraction. 

3. Antenna and transmission lines fundamentals: gain, loss,  connector and adaptors types, dB, dBi, dBm, radiation pattern, beamwidth, vertical and horizontal polarization. Omnidirectional, directive and sectorial antennas. Antenna alignment techniques.

4. Wireless standards and protocols: WiFi networking architecture, access points and clients. LAN and WAN, Point to Point and Point to Multipoint, MAC and IP addresses. APs and clients: configuration, security. 

5. Network planning. Software aids for radio networks planning: BotRf and spectrum analysis tools. Link budget calculation: free space loss, EIRP, receiver sensitivity, Fresnel zone, earth bulge, link margin. Site survey and outdoors installations. Long distance links requirements.

Workshop Pre-requisites:

Basic networking background including; TCP/IP, IP addressing and routing protocols. Basic knowledge of electronics fundamentals such as ohms law, circuits, and impedance. 

Please Note: The wireless networking workshop is only open to Community Network Operators in Africa. For consideration, Community Network Operators have requested to email their expression of interest, to the organizer's contact provided below. The email should contain information on the Community Network, Country, City, and the brief bio of the nominated representative to attend and their contact information.

Call for Presentations: 2nd Summit on Community Networks in Africa 

The Internet Society is now seeking contributions for Presentations and Panels for the 2nd Summit on Community Networks in Africa Event. 

We are looking for presenters who would: 

  • Offer business and technical tutorials on Community Networks;
  • Participate in the Summit sessions as a speaker;
  • Convene and chair panel sessions on the select topics. 

The proposed topics should be relevant to Community Networks discussion topics and issues such as: 

  • Business and operation models for Community Networks
  • Alternative Power for Rural Community Networks
  • Governance models for Community Networks
  • Strategies for establishing or growing existing Community Networks
  • Hardware and Software considerations for Community Networks
  • Community Network’s Value Added Services
  • Policy and Regulation for Community Networks 

Call for Presentations Submission Information 

An abstract of the presentation from the author(s) must be submitted before the deadline (see below). The abstract must reflect how they adhere to the topics above and contain a maximum of 500 words. For work in progress, the most current information available at the time of submission is acceptable. 

Once the abstract is accepted the final presentation MUST be submitted to the organizers before the second deadline. 

All abstracts and presentations must be submitted in PDF format only. 


Call for Presentations Opens 30 March 2017
Presentation Abstract Submissions Deadline 26 April 2017
Acceptance Notification 03 May 2017
Final Presentation Deadline 17 May 2017

Submissions, questions or clarifications should be addressed to the organizers by e-mail.

We look forward to receiving your presentation proposals.

Travel and Accommodation Information

This event is collocated in partnership with AIS’17. For more information on other events taking place, travel and accommodation please see the AIS’17 website

Useful Links

Organizers Contact: