Ever since 2012 when AKU, a private university charted in Tanzania with presence in other countries like Kenya, Uganda, the United Kingdom, Pakistan and Afghanistan, got connected to the Tanzania Education and Research Network (TERNET), collaboration between the university and its sister institutes has flourished, enabling students, researchers, staff and faculty members to share teaching and learning resources in real time and cost-effectively.

“Before connecting to the TERNET network we were struggling to collaborate effectively with our key partners in other countries; we were getting only 2 Mbps from our ISP then and were paying at least $800 per megabyte per month. Despite the high price, the bandwidth speed was so slow and we were basically lagging behind our partner universities offering lessons to our students. It was also hard for us to reach out to our colleagues abroad,” says Arbogast Fabian, AKU Tanzania IT Manager who has been at the institution since 2011.

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