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

Mohsen Souissi mohsen.souissi at nic.fr
Mon Jun 28 13:05:25 SAST 2010

Hisham & all,

As a person who humbly contributed to IPv6 adoption and deployment of
IPv6 in some operational areas (notably DNS), I've got a few short
messages to share with this kind audience based on my little

- Having a National/Regional TF can be an important asset and useful
  support, especially at the political and coordination level. That's
  definitely a good instrument fotr educating governments and raising awareness

- Yet, having a National/Regional should TF should not be seen as a
  prerequisite or yet another barrier to ovecome towards IPv6
  deployment in Africa. 

- I don't need to explain the urgency of adpoting IPv6 and acting now
  (everybody on this list seems already convinced, which is very reassuring)

- Paradoxically, Africa is among the regions which are the most in
  need of IPv6 deployment. Mre than other countries, Africa should act
  now (urgently) without delay. As a matter of fact, there are quite
  many actions that anybody can/should undertake in their
  local/national environment wrt IPv6 adoption/deployment without
  waiting for a TF chapter to be formed. When such a TF chapter is
  formed then one should make the most of it.

- People who want to procrasitnate (and/or have another agenda) will
  always find a new pretext for bying time and keeping you away from
  doing things that should have been done since ages! 

- Be careful when reading FUD and find your own arguments based on
  others' experiences (those who have deployed IPv6) and *not only*
  those who write articles, including criticism and dark-reading-style
  blog posts. I'm of course in favor of expressing freely anyone's
  thoughts but for the sake of good and balanced information, one
  "should not see the forest for the trees" :-)

Best Regards,


 On 19 Jun, hisham ahmed. ibrahim wrote:
 | 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.
 | Regards
 | 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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