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Second Summit on Community Networks in Africa

The 2nd Summit on Community Networks, which was held from 25 – 26 May in Nairobi, Kenya, alongside the Africa Internet Summit (AIS’17), aimed at building on the successful discussions that took place at the inaugural summit, held in November 2016. This 2nd summit was preceded by a 3-day technical workshop on wireless networking technologies from 22 – 24 May 2017.

About Summit on Community Networks in Africa

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.

Previous events

The First Summit on Community Networks in Africa was held on 22nd November 2016 and the Second Summit from 25 to 26 May 2017. Both summits were held in Nairobi, Kenya.