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Sixteen fellows to be at AfPIF this year

Sixteen technology experts have been sponsored for this year’s Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) conference, taking place on August 25th to 27th at the Girassol Indy Congress Hotel in Maputo, Mozambique.

The fellows bring the number of fellowships to a hundred, in the last six years. Since inception, AfPIF has endeavored to bring more African technology experts together, in effort to develop more solutions. In 2010 there were 5 fellowships, 14 in 2011, 17 in 2012, 28 in 2013, 20 in 2014 and 16 this year.

The fellows are drawn from the public and private sector, and are expected to deepen their understanding and develop solutions for peering and interconnection in their respective countries.  The Internet Society convened the first AfPIF in 2010 and it has become an important annual event for peering coordinators, ISPs, regulators, content and infrastructure providers. 

Among other benefits reaped by the African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) recipients will be;

  • Sharing experiences on ways to improve running and administering of a new, or existing IXP
  • Business opportunity to meet potential IXP members
  • Promote public awareness and evangelism of IXPs and peering in general at the national and regional level
  • Advance and influence national/regional policies on peering and cross-border Internet interconnection
  • Provide a face-to-face networking opportunity for peers and experts

Now in its sixth year, the three-day event will run on different themes; first day being “Peering Coordinators Day” that will highlight on interconnection and data center operations. The second day’s theme will be on “Lesson Learnt” where the impact of peering in Africa will be discussed. The last day of AfPIF will run under the theme “Regional Content Producers and Distributers” where Internet exchange point (IXP) and measurements will be discussed.

The Internet Society called for application end of April 2015, giving a one-month duration for individuals to apply for the programme after which the committee took three weeks to sort the applications and announce qualified individuals. To attend the AfPIF fellowship, persons must be actively engaged in Internet policy, business and technical development relating to peering and transit. Also, the applicant in question should be African who has previously worked towards the development of an IXP and is able to demonstrate proof of work done in either of the fields.

The participants will be eligible to Air ticket to and from Maputo, Mozambique Hotel accommodation for the duration of the event. 

Meet the 2015 fellowship recipients

Read on the Internet Society News Release announcing AfPIF 2015 Fellows to Attend Africa’s Premier Peering Event in Maputo, Mozambique

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Caribbean Peering & Interconnection Forum Streaming Live Today!

Promoting CarPIF in TV Show “Morning Barbados” in Barbados

Two global organizations: Packet Clearing House (PCH) and the Internet Society (ISOC) assisted by regional organizations, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and CaribNOG, joined efforts to organize the very first “Peering & Interconnection Forum” (CarPIF) in the Caribbean.

The Government of Barbados, recognizing the importance of this event, and the country where recently the last IXP was deployed in the Caribbean, graciously agreed to host this very special and historic event.

As the Internet continues to evolve so do its opportunities but also the challenges. Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) form a key core of the Internet infrastructure. With the advent of the first IXP in the Caribbean in Curacao in 2009, we have seen several others being installed on the islands with a total of nine presently.

Globally we have experienced and seen how these contributed to a more better and efficient Internet.

It’s time now to look back to see how these IXPs have contributed to the Caribbean Internet economy. In addition to looking back it’s time to planning for a much brighter future by utilizing all available resources and experiences.

Jason Hynds & Shernon Osepa promoting CarPIF in TV show “Morning Barbados” in Barbados

Mostly regulators and key decisions makers are not always well equipped to dealing with all the challenges and opportunities that Internet bring.

This is exactly what CarPIF is aiming for: to promoting a better Internet infrastructure for the Caribbean by deploying critical Internet infrastructures in accordance to best practices.

In addition to promoting a better Internet through CarPIF we would like to get the region up to speed to develop a sustainable Internet economy.

All major regional telecoms operators, ISPs, government officials, policy makers, academia and the technical community are invited.

Some global content providers have already confirmed their participation. The idea is to make CarPIF a yearly event in harmony with what other regions have been doing.

The event takes place from 27 to 28 May 2015 at the Hilton Barbados hotel in Bridgetown Barbados.

To register please visit Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum (CarPIF) homepage.

You can watch the event live on the Caribbean Peering and Interconnection website.