[AfrICANN-discuss] African Union (AU) Selects the Internet Society to Support Establishment of Internet Exchange Points across Africa

Diepiriye Ayerite ayeritedw at gmail.com
Thu Aug 23 16:50:26 SAST 2012


On Thursday, August 23, 2012, Seun Ojedeji wrote:

> Hmm... this is great news!
> Trusting that ISOC will utilize the network of already existing
> continental training orgs such as afnog and the national based ones such as
> ngnog, ghnog etc in caring out the training workshops.
> Thanks for sharing
> Cheers!
> On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM, Wilson Abigaba <abigabaw at gmail.com<javascript:_e({}, 'cvml', 'abigabaw at gmail.com');>
> > wrote:
>> - African Union (AU) Selects the Internet Society to Support
>> Establishment of Internet Exchange Points across Africa
>> - Project includes 60 capacity building workshops in 30 countries
>> [Johannesburg, South Africa --23 August 2012] – The Internet Society
>> today announced that it has been selected by the African Union (AU) to
>> conduct community mobilization and technical aspects workshops to
>> support the establishment of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) in AU
>> Member States as part of the African Internet Exchange System (AXIS)
>> project. The AXIS project aims at keeping Africa’s Internet traffic
>> local to the continent by providing capacity building and technical
>> assistance to facilitate the establishment of National Internet
>> Exchange Points and Regional Internet Exchange Points in Africa. The
>> project is funded by the Euro-Africa Infrastructure Fund and the
>> Government of Luxembourg.
>> The Internet Society is committed to organizing 60 community
>> mobilization and technical aspects workshops in 30 African countries.
>> To this effect, the Internet Society will also contribute its own
>> resources for the implementation of this component of the AXIS
>> project.
>> 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 interests of the AU and the Internet Society, working
>> with other African Internet organizations such as AfriNIC, AfNOG, and
>> AftLD, will be realized in this collaborative effort to assist in the
>> development of a more locally operated and, hence, more robust and
>> economically accessible pan-African Internet.
>> Moctar Yedaly, Head of Information Society Division, African Union
>> Commission, commented,“Africa is paying overseas carriers to exchange
>> ‘local’ (continental) traffic. This is both a costly as well as an
>> inefficient way of handling inter-country exchange of Internet
>> traffic. Independent analysis has shown that Africa pays over US$600
>> Million to developed countries every year for inter-African traffic
>> exchange that is carried outside the continent. We are therefore
>> pleased that the African Internet Exchange System project will address
>> this challenge by facilitating optimization of Internet traffic to
>> support intra-continental traffic flows in Africa.”
>> Dawit Bekele, Internet Society Regional Bureau Director for Africa,
>> stated, “We are very excited to be selected by the African Union to
>> support the growth of IXPs throughout Africa.  We believe the AXIS
>> project is extremely important to the continued health of the Internet
>> ecosystem in Africa, and building the technical infrastructure and
>> training the people to sustain it are fundamental to extending the
>> Internet in Africa. Partnering with the African Union on the AXIS
>> project is central to the Internet Society’s mission to ensure the
>> open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit
>> of people everywhere.”
>> The Internet Society has provided technical training in Africa since
>> the early 1990s, and supports the development of human and technical
>> capacity to build reliable and sustainable Internet infrastructure in
>> Africa and around the world. The organization’s African Bureau was
>> started in 2006. With 24 Chapters, the Internet Society African Bureau
>> works to promote capacity building and the responsible development of
>> the Internet throughout Africa. Its principle focus is improving
>> interconnection and traffic exchange within the continent through the
>> implementation of IXPs, network training, and capacity building.
>> Link:
>> http://www.internetsociety.org/news/african-unionau-selects-internet-society-support-establishment-internet-exchange-points-across
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