[afripv6-discuss] 6 Steps for Jump-Starting IPv6 Adoption in Government

Victor Ndonnang ndonnang at isoc-cameroon.org
Thu May 24 14:09:01 SAST 2012

Hi Carlos,

Thank you very much for your comments and some clarifications. I found them
very very useful. It still a lot to do for a real development of the
Internet in Cameroon, and that is why I have formed with other an ISOC
Chapter in order to gather more people who can complain on all those issues
and make positive change happens. 

My country will host next week (29-31 May 2012) a Central Africa Internet
Governance Forum. It is an occasion to discuss all those issues and propose
solutions for improvements. 
I hope very soon We will be able to host our project web site locally at
very lower price.

Thanks once again for your comments. Thanks for your great work trough
6deploy.eu to promote deployment of IPv6.
Best regards,
ISOC Cameroon Chapter

-----Message d'origine-----
De : Carlos Friacas [mailto:cfriacas at fccn.pt] 
Envoyé : jeudi 24 mai 2012 12:27
À : ndonnang at isoc-cameroon.org; IPv6 in Africa
Cc : 'SM'; 'ISOC Cameroon Chapter'
Objet : RE: [afripv6-discuss] 6 Steps for Jump-Starting IPv6 Adoption in

On Thu, 24 May 2012, Victor Ndonnang wrote:

> Hi SM,

(Disclaimer: I'm European, a network engineer, and have done three IPv6 
Workshops around Africa in the last 4 years)

> Thanks for your reply. I'm aware of this study report of the Internet
> Society about the impact of IXPs on the local development of the Internet.
> know how It is important to keep the local traffic effectively local.

IMHO, this is the most important detail, even more important than 
deploying IPv6 *now*, or next week (you should keep in mind that you need 
to do it soon, though...)

Some years ago, most people i know here in Europe perceived the 
term "Internet" as "a connection to the US". We were in fact paying 
someone in the US to host our content and we were also paying someone (not 
necessarily the same people) to allow us to see our own content hosted in 
the US from our country. We were a significant part of the "Internet" but 
our usage experience was not so good, and we were paying too much.

So, the path to hosting our own content in our own country, and reducing 
the transatlantic transport cost (for big players, and in the end for the 
average joe) was to create the proper conditions to have *OUR* content 
available 24/7/365 locally -- reliable and cost efficient datacenters, 
with the best possible degree of connections to other locations. This 
doesn't happen overnight.
If you have 5 connections from 5 different networks into a building 
that's fine, you strive for the 6th, and you'll be happy when you see the 
7th and the 8th showing up at your door -- or you try to do the inverse 
path and reach more networks yourself (if it makes sense from the 
cost/benefit viewpoint).

> We are talking about this since but there is still no Internet Exchange
> Point (IXP) in Cameroon

Ok, so you now have a clear goal! :-)
Convince local people this is the correct way of going forward. Traffic 
will be low when you start, but it will get higher. Keep in mind that 
small networks are as important as big networks -- because all networks 
are important, and size should be dynamic.
And end-users will be happy to get their content more quickly.
If you talk with some organization/network to join the IXP, don't lose 
that contact. I've heard that some networks sometimes take 3 or 4 years to 
join an IXP -- so, quitting is a bad option.

> and Internet users are still paying very high
> Internet access cost.

Sometimes politics get in the way, yes. But that has changed with time in 
several places. Hope it will happen in your location as soon as 

> Our other hope is to see our ccTLD be good managed and
> cheaper in term of having a local domain name.

A bit of politics again. If things need to be improved, maybe having more 
voices complaining about that could help.

> While waiting to all those positive changes to happen, We have to work
> what is available and reachable to us.

Yes, the work you are doing will probably influence the timeframe you'll 
be able to achieve the improvements you aim for. :-)

Best Regards,
Carlos Friaças
(participating in www.6deploy.eu)

> Best regards,
> Victor.
> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : SM [mailto:sm at resistor.net]
> Envoyé : mercredi 23 mai 2012 23:59
> À : ndonnang at isoc-cameroon.org
> Cc : ISOC Cameroon Chapter; afripv6-discuss at afrinic.net
> Objet : RE: [afripv6-discuss] 6 Steps for Jump-Starting IPv6 Adoption in
> Government
> Hi Victor,
> At 13:00 23-05-2012, Victor Ndonnang wrote:
>> You right, our Web site is not accessible over Ipv6; It is hosted outside
>> Africa. And so what? Is that a reason to prevent us from talking about
> IPv6?
> I don't have any opinion about whether a web site must be accessible
> over IPv6 or not.
> For the Africa part, see
> 0Kenya%20and%20Nigeria.pdf
>> I'm an Internet User and not an ISP or DNS provider. My contribution is
>> raise awareness and urge those who are suppose to enable IPv6
>> in my country to act. If there is no an ISP in my country providing IPv6
>> connectivity to end users, I have to stop talking about IPv6?
> I didn't suggest not talking about IPv6 or anything else.
>> IPv6 adoption is not only about people been able to use IPv6, IPv6
>> is also about making people be aware of the fact that Internet is
> Yes and that is what I read from the web site.
> Regards,
> -sm
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