The Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN) supports Nigeria’s research and academic institutions through the provision of a modern, efficient, and affordable network infrastructure. In this way, NgREN aims to encourage innovation, communication, and collaboration among these institutions, thus encouraging national development. Led by a board of directors and executive management team, NgREN comprises four Technical Working Groups dedicated to distinct aspects of network development. In January 2015, the organization held the inaugural meetings of its Technical Working Groups at the Peter Okebukola Building in Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria.
With a membership comprised of network engineers, the Network Operations Technical Working Group combines areas such as infrastructure design, maintenance, and policy, working toward the deployment of an IPv4/IPv6 infrastructure. The Network Services Working Group focuses on building the support structure for this research and education network and will build a framework of policies and guidelines for technical support services. The Network Security Technical Working Group also works to ensure the overall stability of the network, including sustainability, safety, and appropriate use, as well as developing protocols for defending the network infrastructure from threats and service disruptions.
Additionally, NgREN includes the Communities of Practice Working Group, which fosters collaboration among individuals and institutions with shared interests and goals related to network infrastructure development.