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LUANAR Connectivity Improvement Project

Lead Organization:

Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Partner Organizations:

World Bank

Community of Practice:

East & Southern Africa






Malawi Research and Educational Network (MAREN) is implementing a Campus Wifi expansion project for universities to provide reliable, fast and cheap Wifi on campus. This is part of the regional network UbuntuNet Alliance which connects National Research and Education Networks with each other and with other regional networks. In December 2019 an assessment team from the 7 public universities in Malawi, MAREN and UbuntuNet Alliance identified a long list of challenges with LUANAR ICT including:

  • Low network speed – current supplies from MTL and Globe provide 40Mbps
  • High network cost – currently over up to $13,000 per month for Bunda campus alone; $22k for all campuses
  • Poor wireless coverage – 30 percent of Bunda campus
  • No intranet between campuses – restricts distance learning in particular
  • Unstable mains power – No UPS
  • No network bandwidth management system – so heavy users consume all the bandwidth
  • Poor server infrastructure
  • ICT team skills gap
  • Etc.

The MAREN project will overhaul ICT infrastructure on the campuses and roll out free campus WiFi, EduRoam etc.