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We Need Your Vote!

The WSIS Forum 2015 is coming up this May in Geneva and we’re excited to announce two projects the Internet Society is involved with are nominated for a WSIS prize.

The winners will be decided by you – so we need your vote! 

Voting closes May 1st so don’t miss out!

Here’s what’s been nominated:

Under Category 2 African Internet Exchange System project

African Union Commission, ETHIOPIA

The African Internet Exchange System project or AXIS project aims at keeping Africa’s Internet traffic local to the continent. Currently, much of Africa’s Internet traffic is routed through Internet exchange points external to the African continent. As countries establish their own IXPs, Internet traffic will be routed locally, creating a downward pressure on costs and stimulating growth in and distribution of local Internet content. Through the AXIS project, the AU and the Internet Society, working with other African Internet organizations such as AfriNIC, AfNOG and AftLD, is providing capacity building and technical assistance to facilitate the establishment of National Internet Exchange Points and Regional Internet Exchange Points in Africa. Through this collaborative effort the organizations involved are assisting in the development of a more locally operated and, hence, more robust and economically accessible pan-African Internet.


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Under Category 5 Combating Spam for Developing Countries

Internet Society, SWITZERLAND

The Internet Society’s Combating Spam for Developing Countries is designed to address the need for linkages between policy makers, network operators and the technical communities who have the knowledge and expertise to policy makers, network operators and technical communities who are in need of the information so they can address the issue of spam within their counties and join the global effort to stop spam. The Internet depends on the reliable functioning of its infrastructure and applications such as email, social media and texting. Addressing the many concerns that have been raised about what to do and how to approach spam mitigation is an on-going activity due to the ever changing nature of the threats that come from unsolicited forms of electronic communications, or spam. With its partners, M3AAWG, LAP, GSMA and the ITU; the Internet Society is keeping the dialogue on how to combat spam going so that expertise, experiences and lessons learned can be shared with people around the world.


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Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)

Excellent progress on local Internet infrastructure connectivity and IXP development in Niger

Recently, Niger’s Constitutive General Assembly for the Niger Internet Exchange Point (IXP) met in Niamey on 23 January 2015. The Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and Digital Economy, H.E. MrAbdou Mani, launched the event with a number of activities, including:

  • Adoption of guidelines for the IXP

  • Establishment of a board of Directors comprised of Internet service providers, government institutions, and Niger’s Research and Education Network (Niger REN), focused on ensuring effective implementation and launch of the Niger IXP.

From the very start of this collaborative IXP project, the Internet Society’s Niger Chapter has been actively involved through both the Chapter and individual members.

Through the African Union’s African Internet Exchange System (AXIS) project, implemented by the Internet Society a collective effort has been made to support the establishment of the Internet Exchange Point. AXIS organized an IXP best practices workshop in Niger from 6-8 November 2012, training twenty-three (23) local experts. And, provided a follow-on technical training workshop that trained eighteen (18) engineers from 15-19 March 2013. The Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and Digital Economy hosted both of the AXIS workshops, which were conducted by the Internet Society.

The Internet Society’s Africa Interconnection and Traffic Exchange programme has been actively supporting the development of IXPs to boost local and regional interconnection and traffic exchange. The programme aims to have 80% of Internet traffic exchanged in Africa by 2020, to keep local traffic local, and to build local technical expertise. This objective was successfully amplified by the appointment of the Internet Society to implement the African Union’s AXIS programme.

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African Internet Exchange System (AXIS)

Interconnection and Traffic Exchange programme

Internet Society Niger Chapter contact

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Building Connections in the Republic of Cape Verde

Two weeks ago the Internet Society was in São Tomé and Príncipe conducting its 27th Technical Aspects workshop, under the AXIS project, in collaboration with the Regulatory Authority (Autoridade Geral de Regulação) of São Tomé. The workshop equipped experts with the information they needed to connect to and manage an Internet Exchange Point (IXPs).

This week, together with the African Union Commission, the Internet Society is back in another Lusophone African country to extend support and provide a 5-day technical training mainly focusing on setting up, operating and administering IXPs.

Located off the coast of Western Africa, the Republic of Cape Verde, an island spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands, has been successfully able to kick start the workshop, despite the recent volcano eruption in the island. Hosted by the National Communication Agency of Cape Verde, the workshop is a follow up of the Best Practices Capacity Building workshop, which had been conducted by the Internet Society from 28-29 May 2014.

Attended by approximately 20 network Engineers from the telecommunication and Internet sectors, this workshop being offered in Portuguese by experts from Brazil, is expected to have a positive impact on the future establishments and efficient management of IXPs in Cape Verde and other Lusophone African countries and serve as good example of inter-region cooperation.

With the goal of building technical expertise, helping improve traffic exchange and interconnection, and improving the Internet infrastructure within the continent, these workshops serve as an important way forward in creating the requisite local technical expertise to support the IXP interconnections and operations within each country.

Find out more about the AXIS Project!

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AXIS Best Practice Workshop Is Underway

The AXIS “Best Practices Capacity Building” workshop, which is conducted by the Internet Society in collaboration with the African Union, opened today 20 November 2014 in Mauritius at Domaine Les Pailles, near Port Louis. For the next two days the workshop will be mainly aiming at providing participants with the required knowledge to enhance their understanding of the benefits of IXPs as well as reinforce their awareness on the establishment and management of an Internet Exchange Point. The workshop will further be focusing on highlighting the importance of an IXP on accessing and keeping local traffic local, thus saving on the cost of access, improved latency and better quality of service.

More than 26 representatives from the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology of Mauritius, Bharat Telecom, Central Information Bureau (CIB), Central Information Systems Division (CISD), Government online center (GOC), Mauritius Telecom, EMTEL, Universities and other organizations are attending this workshop, which is expected to reach important conclusions, including forming a task-force to enhance the Management of an Internet Exchange Point in Mauritius.

The workshop comes in at a good time where, in August 2014, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology of Mauritius had announced plans to bring faster and more developed nationwide Internet service through a well established Internet Exchange Point in the island’s premier technology hub. It is believed that the existence of an efficiently functioning IXP will enable all Internet Service Providers in Mauritius including Mauritius Telecom and Bharat Telecom to connect a local exchange point into their service networks bringing about more content, enhanced reliability and faster speeds at cheaper costs to the public as well as businesses.

Mauritius is the 28th African country where the Internet Society has offered “Best Practices Capacity Building” assistance under the African Union AXIS project, which has been working on supporting the establishment of IXPs across the continent.

Find out more about how to join the AXIS workshops!

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Building an Integrated African Internet Infrastructure by 2020

In early February, the Internet Society organized an important workshop on  “Best practices for setting up Regional Internet Exchange Points and Regional Internet Carriers” for the Southern African region in Gaborone, Botswana.  This workshop is part of the African Union’s African Internet Exchange System (AXIS) project that the Internet Society has been implementing since 2012. As part of this project, the Internet Society has organized Internet Exchange Point (IXP) Best Practice workshops in 21 African countries and Technical IXP training workshops in 15 African countries. Under the second AXIS contract, the Internet Society will conduct capacity building workshops focused on best practices and benefits of setting up Regional Internet Exchange Points and Regional Internet Carriers.

The Internet Society will partner with AFRINIC and other organizations in Africa and around the world to conduct workshops in each of the five AUC geographical regions over the next 18 months. All of this work has contributed to building sustainable communities of practice on the African continent, which will have a major impact on the Internet infrastructure and interconnection landscape.

We understand that deploying IXPs is not enough – we must empower people across the continent  – from peering coordinators and IXP operators and managers – to African, regulators and policy-makers.  To help do  this, we created the African Peering and Interconnection Forums (AfPIF).  This is an annual event that seeks to address key interconnection, peering, and traffic exchange challenges on the continent and provides participants with global and regional insights for maximizing opportunities that will help grow Internet infrastructure and services in Africa. As a multi-stakeholder forum, AfPIF events inspire practical discussions and ideas on how to implement a more efficient and cost effective local, regional, and international interconnection and peering strategies. The next AfPIF 2014 will be in August in Senegal. 

Our work in Africa is an integral part of our Interconnection and Traffic Exchange Programme aims to insure that “local traffic is exchanged locally”, and in turn is expected to lower Internet access costs and improve access.  

All of these activities are part of the Internet Society’s African Bureaus’ efforts to contribute to integrated African Internet infrastructure deployment by 2020.  Our vision is that the Internet is for Everyone and is a tool to improve economic and social standards and standing for all.  We believe these efforts will go a long way in providing Africa with an Internet infrastructure on par with the rest of the world and contribute greatly to Africa’s socio-economic development.