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1 AfNOG Africa Network Operators Group Isatou Secka Jah from a regional perspective

2 Agenda Objectives A Brief History Communication Mechanisms Participant Background Challenges Achievements Acknowledgements The Future

3 Objectives AfNOG is a forum for technical coordination and cooperation among African Internet service providers and network operators The aim is to build a community of engineers to help each other operating Internet Infrastructure in Africa, and on the Global Internet.

4 Objectives ( contd. ) To train people and groups of people who will return to their country and region and who will teach others what they have learned at the workshop. To build links between all participants so that the peer-to-peer relationships formed during the workshop and conferences will remain strong well beyond the workshop and conference.

5 Brief History Founded in 1999 First meeting in Cape Town, 2000 Since then, annual meetings at: HostsHost CountriesYear CequruxCape Town, South Africa2000 NCSAccra, Ghana2001 TRSTech/CAFE Lome, Togo2002 One2Net Kampala, Uganda2003 ISOC SenegalDakar, Senegal2004 MICTI/CIUEMMaputo, Mozambique2005 Request for Proposals (RFP) – RFP – Hosting Requirements Document & Budget Template

6 Outreach

7 Brief History ( contd. ) Each meeting consists of: – Technical sessions (Afnog Tutorial and Meeting) – Hands-on workshop training Scalable Internet Services/Scalable Network Administration English and french – Workshop traces roots to the ISOC's annual INET Network Training Workshop model – Shared with other meetings: AfriNIC

8 Internet Service Providers Telco Operators Government NGOs Educational & Research Institution Year Participants from Education & Research 20009 200110 20028 200310 20046 200511 Participant Background

9 Communication mechanisms (Annual) meeting Mailing list: – Websites: – –

10 Challenges Identifying next years (localhost) Timely preparation for the event Catering for language diversity Funding for workshops & meetings Logistics: People & Equipment Ensuring continuity – Workshops & Meetings Outreach


12 Achievements ✔ Built community of African Network Operators helping themselves with challenges (African & Globally) ✔ Six workshops & meetings in six different countries covering three sub-regions ✔ Countries represented include Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

13 Achievements ✔ Trained over 300 Internet Engineers –Many from educational and research institutions ✔ Former students are now instructors –Building new curriculum based on needs in the African region –New tracks progressively added to cater for training needs

14 Achievements ✔ Very successful and active Mailing list. ✔ Provided meeting space to other ISP related meetings

15 The Future Working groups to participate in global working groups (IETF, etc) Working with development partners on organizing many focused regional workshops – assisting the research and education community in africa to build modern net communications and training university sysadmins and routing specialist Outreach: – Magreb region (North Africa) – Central Africa Regional Workshops Combining AfNOG meetings with other ISP related meetings.

16 Acknowledgements



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