Eduroam implementation: Case Study Kenyatta University
Njue, Maureen Wanja
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Kenya Education Network, (KENET), is the National Research and Education Network (NREN) of Kenya. KENET is licensed by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) as a not-for-profit operator serving the education and research institutions. KENET provides affordable, cost-effective and low-congestion Internet bandwidth services to member institutions in Kenya. One of the services KENET offers is eduroam. This is a service that enables students and faculty wireless users registered in the home institution use their credentials in an eduroam service provider institution. Thus the student and faculty will not have to contact the service provider institution for access to the eduroam wireless service. KENET worked with Kenyatta University to deploy eduroam on campus. Kenyatta University is one of the public universities with a population of approximately 60,000 students. KENET was the project manager during the implementation of the project. This involved developing the tender document and technical specifications, evaluating the tender and overseeing the implementation of the Campus WLAN. KENET configured eduroam for authentication against MYSQL database. This was an extension of the existing campus wlan from a previous installation of just 8 access points to 142 access points. This paper will highlight the eduroam implementation process and the challenges that were experienced during the implementation. The paper will also describe the campus infrastructure for both the wired and wireless LAN, the uptake of eduroam on campus and the challenges that were encountered as eduroam was being promoted on campus.