[afripv6-discuss] Proposal for an African IPv6 Task force

hisham ahmed. ibrahim ahisham at mcit.gov.eg
Sat Jun 19 18:53:10 SAST 2010

Dear All,

I hope this email finds you well and with best of health.


I am trying to raise general acceptance and consensus from the African countries and organizations active in the field Internet and access, for the launch of an African regional IPv6 Task Force.

Africa is the only region in the world without a regional task force concerned meanly with IPv6 and its regional development, which has lead to some allegations from foreign organizations that claim that the African community needs chaperoning when it comes to ICT development (especially in regards to the Internet and IPv6).

Starting such a regional organization with the help of the already established Internet concerned African organizations and the already well educated and trained African technical community, that has been built over the years, will help bring together LIRs, regional efforts and even governments to focus on one of the most anticipated Internet issues these days (IPv6).

With less than 7% of the  IPv4 blocks left in the IANA pool, predications of total depletion are assumed to be within mid next year (these predictions do not take into consideration the impact of distributing the final 5*/8 blocks among the RIRs).

Africa should take a stand now to face such a challenge and to turn that immanent date into an opportunity it can prosper from.

I am trying to raise support from the community on this matter so will be waiting on any valuable insight, suggestions or contacts you might refer me to help see this regional initiative up and running as soon as humanly possible.

Hisham Ahmed Ibrahim
Technical head of the Egyptain IPv6 test beds and labs
Smart Village.,Kilo 28 cairo-alexandria desert road ,12651 - Giza

Phone :(+202) 3534 1551               
Mobile:(+2012) 3534419

email:ahisham at mcit.gov.eg 
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