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Saturday, 15 January, 2011

An ICT wireless laboratory, named after Italian inventor and Physics Nobel laureate Guglielmo Marconi, was inaugurated on 23 November 2010 by ICTP Director Fernando Quevedo and Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).


The laboratory will provide a boost to ICTP's training programmes on wireless communications technologies. These programmes, conducted by ICTP's Aeronomy and Radiopropagation Laboratory (ARPL), have been providing much-needed support in wireless technology education to students and researchers from developing countries.


The number of applicants for ARPL's training programmes has been steadily increasing over the past few years, said ARPL's Head Sandro Radicella.


During the remarks at the inauguration, Dr Touré said that the event served to restate ITU's committment to work with ICTP. Talking about the new facility and the support it would lend to students from developing countries he said, "Investing in the human brain is the best investment we can make."


The complete speech by Dr Touré is available at the ITU Website.


The Guglielmo Marconi Laboratory is housed in the Galileo guesthouse on the ICTP campus.

Wednesday, 20 October, 2010

The 13th Workshop on Internet Networks Technologies for Latin America and the Caribbean (WALC 2010), took place in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, October 11-15, organized by EsLaRed and hosted by the Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

Participants from Bolivia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Uruguay and Venezuela, attended technical workshops focused on issues such as: Wireless Networks broadband data transmission: WiFi and WiMAX, Deployment of IPv6, Network Management, Advanced Routing and Multicast, IP Telephony, and Information Security, led by internationally recognized instructors from the region and outside the region. The workshop was conducted in Spanish.

WirelessU trainers were amongst the instructors:  Hervey Allen, Marco Zennaro and Ermanno Pietrosemoli.  Hervey led a workshop on Network Management, which provided an introduction to the concepts and practices of network management, as well as its operation, monitoring, performance analysis, planning and troubleshooting.  Participants were provided with a set of structured theoretical principles allowing them to share the experience gained in the operation of complex IPnetworks.

Ermanno led a workshop on Wireless Data Transmission:  WiFi and WiMAX and provided training in the use of tools and techniques for installing, maintaining,
securing and upgrading wireless data transmission networks. The workshop focused on solutions that were low-cost and affordable for the implementation of long distance links of small organizations. Marco introduced for the first time the topic of Wireless Sensor Networks, which has roused great interest off lately. The content of the presentations (in Spanish) can be downloaded from

Students who attended The WALC Workshop

Monday, 27 December, 2010

The 3rd Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research was held on December 7-8 in Helsinki, Finland at the Scandic Marina Congress Centre. There were several key players from Europe and Africa who met in Helsinki at the Scandic Conference Centre to discuss, debate, and share ideas about the EC-Africa research and education networking co-operation.


Both in the sessions and in the breaks, a lot of people were able to discuss their projects and activities. The team from ICTP/WirelessU were represented by Marco Zennaro and Jane Butler who met with many European and African networking contacts. There were some good discussions around linking IPv6 training, that is currently underway and led by the EC, and  funded by the 6Deploy project and WirelessU.


One major announcement at the conference was that the EC funding for AfricaConnect was approved. The project will be led by Dante and aim to connect as many sub Saharan NRENs as possible to GEANT.


For more detail of topics discussed, below is the agenda of the event:

3rd EuroAfrica-ICT Forum Agenda


For more information about the conference and activities related to WirelessU, please contact Jane Butler at janesbutler [at] networktheworld [dot] org

Friday, 16 October, 2009

We've recently completed 3 WirelessU courses -- Nepal, Papua New Guinea, and Thailand.   Each one deserves a news article, but I'll just post some of bits from the Thailand class.


It was held at AIT, and taught by Onno Purbo and his team from Indonesia. is the course announcement. is the press coverage, in Indonesian.  Google translates its reasonably understandably:


Thursday, 5 March, 2009

Several of us met in Trieste duiring the annual ICTP Wireless school.   The primary work was to agree upon curriculum for 3-day, 5-day, and 10-day courses. Secondly, we discussed several upcoming potential WirelessU training events.   I thought I'd update you all on these activities, and ask for your help.

Sebastian Buetrich, Marco Zennaro, Carlo Fonda, Rob Flickenger, Ermanno Pietrosemoli, Steve Okay, and I met and discussed the curriculum.  Rob will updates the web site to reflect this; the raw notes are attached.   For each of the 3 courses, there will be a one-page overview with lists of topic, and pointers to the recommended course units.   Comments on the general idea and/or details are welcome.

Secondly, Steve Huter has had some discussions over the last several months with the Internet Society (, about offering WirelessU courses in several different locations through local chapters.   ISOC has outreach, training, and improving access to the Internet as part of it's mission.   For several years they have been helping organize and support training workshops (with a lot of help from Steve Huter's organization,, which has a long history of this sort of work, at AfNOG, SANOG, PacNOG, etc. meetings).   So we'll be working with ISOC and NSRC to make these workshops happen, in Nepal, Benin,and Fiji.


-- Jim