[Community-Discuss] Spearheading Internet Development in Africa / Late commentary on fee discussion

Coenraad Loubser coenraad at zenzeleni.net
Sat Sep 29 07:14:47 UTC 2018

Mr Moonesamy

2018-09-28 17:05 GMT+02:00 S Moonesamy <sm+afrinic at elandsys.com>:

> Hi Coenraad,
> At 03:26 AM 28-09-2018, Coenraad Loubser wrote:
>> According to the ITU (2017) Africa has 739 million individuals without
>> access to internet infrastructure.
>> We write to you representing 70 individual community networks from 30
>> African countries, most whom are not yet AfriNIC members, but who each have
>> part of the solution to making available access to these areas where there
>> is very little formal economic activity and where no alternative options
>> exist, and where the internet can play a vital enabling role.
>> This letter has been under discussion during the past 4 months, and has
>> been the subject of almost 100 messages on external community networks
>> forums.
>> There is a class of Internet Service Provider that is not recognized by
>> AfriNIC. In order to allow us to draw in their resources to help building
>> out the invaluable resource that is the internet, as part of the AfriNIC
>> community, we would like to discuss a mutually beneficial proposal that
>> will play a huge role in setting up the next generation of ISPs in Africa -
>> and promote an excellent platform for ISP- and IPv6 training.
>> We first contemplated proposing a definition for a Community Network or
>> Non-Profit ISP, but having also worked with many small and competent ISPs,
>> we recognize their challenges and the benefits that having them in this
>> community can bring.
> Thank you for providing feedback on fees proposal.  The objective, as
> explained above, is to cater for entities which provide internet access in
> areas where there is very little formal economic activity and no
> alternative options exists.  My reading of the proposed amendments is that
> they are much broader than that.

The main objective is to get more networks peering and using number
resources properly.

The ability to get great connectivity into even these areas is a good side
effect, hence our proposed amendment.

Connectivity in these areas are my main focus and perhaps my bias - of
course even people in- or close to very developed areas have access
problems. The ability to peer directly puts them in a better position to
accomplish this, not only technically but also socially.

> 3.6.5 An entity with annual revenues less than USD 350 000 that is
>> required to register as an LIR, such as a Wireless User Group, Community
>> Network or ISP will qualify for an additional discount of 40%.
>> Basic modelling shows that this can potentially require AfriNIC to give
>> up up to $40k annually, but could yield a surplus in excess of $100k
>> annually after a few years as these networks mature.
> Is the model (USD 40,000 decrease in revenue) based on figures from
> members of the community which you represent or do the figures cover all
> Afrinic members?

This is based on figures from the community I represent.

> Regards,
> S. Moonesamy


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