Tanzania Network Operators Group (tzNOG) organized the 2nd training workshop in Mwanza from 3rd to 8th August 2014 at JB Belmont Hotel. The training attracted 35 participants and it had two tracks: Routing & Switching (R&S) and Systems & Network Security (SNS).


As usual the training started with a half day boot camp of Sunday 3rd August 2014 whereby 21 participants refreshed on Unix administration. Full sessions commenced on Monday 4th August 2014 after the official opening by the Nyamagana District Administrative Secretary (DAS). During the opening the DAS was accompanied by TCRA Lake Zone Manager and Habari Node Ltd Branch Manager. The official opening was also attended by representatives from various media houses in Mwanza.


In his welcome remarks the Chair of tzNOG organizing committee appreciated the presence of the GoH for joining tzNOG2 participants in the official opening ceremony. He briefly explained on how tzNOG trainings started, the first tzNOG training in Arusha and the plan for future trainings. He concluded with a call for Government and Businesses to support tzNOG initiatives as capacity building was key for Internet developments in the country.


In her opening remarks the GoH commended tzNOG for 2 reasons. First, for organizing such important training in Mwanza and specifically in her district, Nyamagana. Secondly, for the efforts being made by tzNOG as they were supplementing the efforts being made by the Government such as construction of the National Backbone and formulation of various legislations meant for secure, affordable and reliable Internet communications in Tanzania. She finally opened the training and requested the participants to use and share the knowledge gained at the training with colleagues at their working places.


The tzNOG2 event was successfully held as a result of material and financial support from 8 Sponsors namely Tanzania Network Information Centre (tzNIC), Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA), Seacom (T) Ltd, Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), Internet Society (ISOC), Habari Node Ltd , Network Support Resource Centre (NSRC) and Tanzania Internet Services Provider Association (TISPA).


In general the training was successful and there were a good number of lessons learnt including improvement of training participation, recruiting the trainers, sourcing for sponsorships and adding more flavor to the trainings by having a day of presentations. The key achievement during tzNOG2 event was successful sourcing of the training kits that will allow for flexible scheduling of future trainings.


Written by

Ntahigiye, A. R