Strategies and Tools for Community Network Monitoring

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Thank you for joining the second session of the Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa 2021-2022.

Community networks are bottom-up connectivity models built with, by, and for communities. They grow Internet access and bring more people online, contribute to local capacity building, and foster local content and digital platforms to meet local needs.

As community networks grow and start providing services, there’s a need to ensure quality and reliability. Network monitoring is a key component of network management, by enabling operators to review network health and performance. It allows operators to see what’s always happening on a network, providing real-time and historical information on the usage, performance, and status of every device, application, and all data on the network.

This online event explored strategies and tools for implementing network monitoring for community networks. It showcased tested tools and approaches to effectively manage and monitor bandwidth usage, network health, and performance.

Objective

Help participants understand strategies and tools for network monitoring. Key questions to be addressed during this session include:

  • What is network monitoring?
  • What and why to monitor?
  • Strategies for network monitoring?
  • Tools (both pro and open source) for network monitoring?
Who should Join?
  • Community network operators
  • Technical community
  • Champions
Expected Outcomes

The online event aimed to provide clear strategies and tools for effective monitoring of the health and performance of a community-owned community network.

Together, we can connect the world. One community at the time. 
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Moderator and Panelists

James Gondwe

Founder&Executive Director, Centre for Youth and Development (CYD)/directeur fondateur, Centre pour la jeunesse et le développement

James Gondwe is the founding Director of Centre for Youth and Development (CYD), a local Non-Governmental Developmental organization in Malawi established in the year 2012 to facilitate positive and sustainable… Read more

Kevin G. Chege

Director, Internet Development

Kevin joined the Internet Society in 2012 as the Internet Development Manager for Africa under the Africa Regional Bureau. Currently, he is the Director, Internet Development. Kevin has more than… Read more

Stephen Fosu

IT Head, Presbyterian Hospital Donkorkrom/Responsable du département informatique de l’hôpital presbytérien de Donkorkrom

Stephen Fosu is a Telecommunications Engineer with close to a decade work experience in both the Public and Private sectors of Ghana. Currently, Stephen is the I.T head of the… Read more

Brian Longwe

Cofounder and CEO/Cofondateur et PDG, Converged Technology Networks

Brian Longwe is the cofounder and CEO of Converged Technology Networks, which is a startup internet service provider that is currently rolling out a 4G LTE network for fixed wireless… Read more

Benson Olobo

Technical Manager/Directeur technique, BOSCO Uganda

Bachelor of Electrical Engineering background, 8+ years of experience in Computer Systems Administration and Network administration. 5+ years of workshop experience prototyping and building Hardware/Software electronic devices, several years of… Read more

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