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AfPIF 2013 to refocus national and regional IXP growth issues, Internet Society says



By Olubunmi Adeniyi

Lagos. April 11, 2013: The Internet Society has announced its set to host its fourth annual African Peering Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) that will focus on policy aspect of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), content and cross-border interconnections in Africa.

commissioning of lagos
Muhammed Rudman, CEO of Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN); Eugene Juwah, Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Chima Onyekwere Chairman of IXPN Board and Member of IXPN Board, Chioke Ogugua at the commissiong of the Lagos Internet Exchange Point set up to promote local content sharing and lower pricing of bandwidth to members

According to the organizers, AfPIF billed for September 3-5, this year in Morocco will facilitate discussions of African Internet infrastructure challenges, including terrestrial capacity issues, national and regional IXP development. Other areas that will come into focus include the local content development, measures to lower connectivity costs and international peering.

The event will be addressing the theme, “Policy Implementation and the Regional Content Factor,” as the emphasis will be based on region-to-region policy, tapping into terrestrial cable potential and traffic management needs, as well as content issues that are critical components of transit deficits.

The three-day programme will bring together key stakeholders including Internet service and content providers, IXP operators, research and education networks, government network managers, regulators and policy makers to share experiences and advance peering and interconnection arrangements.  

Dawit Bekele, Internet Society Regional Bureau Director for Africa, says that nearly all peering and interconnection agreements are forged at regional and global peering forums such as AfPIF.

“We are pleased to offer this important event for the fourth consecutive year and provide an opportunity for the business and operational community to work together to augment Internet infrastructure and services in Africa,”, Bekele says.

According to him, the forum offers the ideal venue for discussions and ideas on how to implement more efficient and cost effective local, regional and international interconnection and peering strategies.

The Internet Society is the independent source for Internet information and thought leadership from around the world.

With its principled vision and substantial technological foundation, the Internet Society promotes open dialogue on Internet policy, technology and future development among users, companies, governments and other organizations.


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