A Sustainable Business Model for RwEdNet, the Rwanda National Research and Education Network
Rwednet is a project under the Rwanda Ministry of Education hosted at Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), with the objective to create a dedicated cost-effective and high-performance data network connecting Research and Higher Education institutions in Rwanda to each other and to the dedicated global research and education resources via Ubuntunet as well as to the Internet. In a companion thesis project to this project, a Rwednet pilot network has been deployed connecting three Rwednet member institutions, including KIST and two university hospitals. A high-definition video conferencing service has been included to support cooperation between King Faisal Hospital and Kigali Central University Hospital in Kigali and Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm (Carenet).This thesis project has the objective to design a sustainable business model for Rwednet. We define the Rwednet network services to be delivered to its institution members, the organizational structure and how Rwednet will survive financially in a period of four years.