In 2011 Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) and Tanzania Network Information Center (tzNIC) co-hosted the Africa Network Operators Group (AfNOG) trainings in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. As a result of local hosting of the event, about one-third of participants were Tanzanians. This is not the case when the trainings are hosted outside of the country due to associated high costs of travel and living expenses. It was noted therefore that most participants attend these kind of trainings when hosted locally.
In view of the above and from the AfNOG trainer's observation that most participants, including Tanzanians, had problems in Unix administration, Director General of TCRA directed tzNIC to facilitate the localization of AfNOG trainings in Tanzania.
tzNIC took up the matter and formed the Tanzania Network Operators Group (tzNOG) organizing committee comprising of TCRA members, Tanzania Internet Service Providers Association (TISPA) members and Tanzania Education and Research Network (TERNET) members in 2012. With the support from Network Startup Resource Centre (NSRC), a US based training firm, the tzNOG organizing Committee has schedule an inaugural tzNOG training in Arusha from 28th July to 2nd August 2013. Similar trainings will be held twice a year and in selected locations within the country. The main aim is to provide affordable platforms of building the capacity of local Internet Engineers.
The tzNOG benefits include:
Networking the local Engineers with other experts around the globe;
Providing the network management best practices so as to take advantage of the abundance fibre capacity we have and tap the business potential the Internet can bring to the country;
Better management of network resources including mail and web servers.
Provide the best research platforms that are key for improvement of education in Tanzania.