eduroam Africa is now live

11 March 2011

As a UCT staff member or student you can now access the internet from any university campus that makes use of the eduroam service - just by logging in with your UCT username and password.

eduroam (taken from education roaming) is an international roaming service that allows staff and students to log in to their home university from any subscribed university campus. It has been used in Canada, USA, Europe and Japan for quite a while now, but wasn't available in Africa. At least not until recently, when UCT collaborated with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Rhodes University and the University of the Free State to provide the first eduroam service in Africa.

When you use your UCT credentials to log in to the wireless network of a participating eduroam university, such as Rhodes, an authentication request is immediately sent to UCT. The UCT system automatically verifies your username and password and instantly sends back confirmation to Rhodes University - allowing you to access the internet. This same procedure is used when staff and students from other eduroam-participating universities visit the UCT campus.

Follow the eduroam links on the ICTS homepage to see how to connect to eduroam. Visit the eduroam website for more information on eduroam and participating universities.

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