Building Community Networks in the MENA Region

‹ Back
Half the world lacks Internet access.

The digital divide has become a critical matter, especially after the coronavirus pandemic swept our world, forcing many to stay home. Urban areas, concentrated in major cities and capitals, have suffered greatly, and remote areas found themselves in real isolation, day and night.

Community networks offer a solution.

Thank you for joining an interactive online panel discussion about community networks, held on 7 December at 12:00 PM UTC where you could learn more about these “do it yourself” networks, built by people for people.

This event promoted a concept new to the Middle East and North Africa region: getting Internet access by creating “community” networks. These are established partnerships between residents of remote areas and major telecommunication companies with simple self-financing, or through an existing civil society organization.

Agenda (All times are in UTC)
  • 12:00 – 12:10: Welcome Remarks & General Overview on Community Networks – Jane Coffin
  • 12:10 – 12:20: Community Network Technical and Policy Related Information – Juan Peirano and Max Stucchi
  • 12:20 – 12:40: Case Study: Practical Experience from Europe – Ucha Seturi
  • 12:40 – 13:00: Role of Governments and Existing Regulations – Robert Pepper
  • 13:00 – 13:20: Q&A
  • 13:20 – 13:30: Closing Remarks – Jane Coffin
‹ Back
Date and Time

12:00 UTC

Monday 07 December 2020




Jane Coffin

Senior Vice President, Internet Growth

Jane Coffin is responsible for the Internet Society’s Internet Growth project teams. The Internet Growth project teams are focused on Community Networks, Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) & interconnection, peering, and… Read more

Juan Peirano

Senior Policy Advisor

Juan Peirano is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Internet Society, where he is focused on issues related to Internet infrastructure and access. In his role as subject matter expert,… Read more

Robert Pepper

Member, Internet Society Board of Trustees

Board Trustee Term: 2018-2021 Elected By: Organizations Robert Pepper has been involved in Internet technical and governance issues for over thirty years beginning with his work as a visiting professor… Read more

Ucha Seturi is a lawyer. He is a founder member of Georgian Internet Governance forum and coordinating for a last years. He was working as a legal director of the… Read more

Massimiliano Stucchi

Regional Technical Advisor - Europe

Massimiliano "Max" Stucchi joined the Internet Society in 2019 as Technical Advisor for the European Bureau. His previous experiences are as a trainer and IPv6 Programme Manager at the RIPE… Read more

Other events in this region

Innovative Connectivity Solutions – Regulatory Opportunities and Challenges
15 December
Online Wednesday 15 December 2021

Innovative Connectivity Solutions – Regulatory Opportunities and Challenges

Nearly half of the world still lacks connectivity, but innovative access solutions are proving to be successful in addressing this...

How IXPs can transform MENA’s digital landscape
23 September
Online Wednesday 23 September 2020

How IXPs can transform MENA’s digital landscape

If you go to visit a neighbour, you don’t travel all the way across town and then back again to...

Impact of COVID-19 on Internet Ecosystem in MENA Countries
29 June
Monday 29 June 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on Internet Ecosystem in MENA Countries

Thank you for joining us to learn more about our new report: Impact of COVID-19 on Internet Ecosystem in MENA...

Technical Workshops on “Security Essentials for Entrepreneurs and Startups”
29 September
Manama, Bahrain Sunday 29 September 2019

Technical Workshops on “Security Essentials for Entrepreneurs and Startups”

The Internet Society in collaboration with GSMA-ME is organizing a workshop on “Technical Security for SME’s and Entrepreneurs.” Workshop in...

Maintaining and Securing the Internet Infrastructure
29 July
Riaydh, KSA Monday 29 July 2019

Maintaining and Securing the Internet Infrastructure

Technical Workshop by Internet Society in collaboration with the KSA Ministry of Communications And Information Technology (MCIT)

08 July
Rabat, Morocco Monday 08 July 2019 – Friday 12 July 2019


The 6th edition of the Middle East and Adjoining Countries School on Internet Governance (MEAC-SIG) took place on 8-12 July...

RightsCon Tunis 2019
11 June
Tunis, Tunisia Tuesday 11 June 2019 – Friday 14 June 2019

RightsCon Tunis 2019

RightsCon is the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age.

31 March
Beirut, Lebanon Sunday 31 March 2019 – Thursday 04 April 2019


Routing incidents are global in scale with one operator’s routing problems impacting others. Let’s work together to protect the core....

Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit
29 March
Beirut, Lebanon Friday 29 March 2019

Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit

12th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit taking place on March 29th at Phoenicia Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon. Kevin Meynell will be speaking at Cybersecurity...

Load more
Join the conversation with Internet Society members around the world