From 4-8 April 2016, the Internet Society is holding a 5-days Best Practices and Technical Capacity Building workshop in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR) in partnership with the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication in charge of new technologies. The workshop is part of the African Union AXIS project and Internet Society’s efforts to increase connectivity, access and infrastructure work to support the growth of IXPs in the African continent.
His Excellency, Mr. Andre Ndomandji, Director of Cabinet, Ministry of Post and Telecommunication in charge of new technologies opened the workshop, which was attended by more than 16 participants from the Ministry, the Regulator, Universities and the 4 ISPs operating in CAR, which are Orange, Azure Telecom, Telecel and Atlantique Telecom.
The first two and half days of the workshop focused at providing participants with the knowledge of understanding the benefits of IXPs as well as at strengthening their awareness on the establishment and management of an Internet Exchange Point.
In the last two and half days more emphasis is given at teaching participants the technical skills needed to enhance their benefits from local and regional interconnections at IXPs. During these days, a hands-on lab, which will support familiarization with interconnection technologies and techniques deployed on their networks will be used. These technologies and techniques are expected to increase overall Internet experience and resilience by promoting the efficiency of network interconnections, and traffic exchanged at the IXPs.