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Contributors:  Christian O’Flaherty and Jane Coffin, Internet Society, Arturo Severin, LACNIC, and Fabian Mejia, AEPROVI

Recently we blogged about a partnership with LACNIC to develop an Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Suriname.  An effort that would not have gotten off the ground without the help of dedicated officials and Internet community experts in that country. 

Map of Ecuador

This week we bring you news of a similar collaborative partnership where the efforts of experts from Cisco Systems, ISOC, LACNIC and the local technical community in Ecuador have built “human networks of trust” that have allowed for continuous capacity development and Internet infrastructure development.  These “human networks” are the trainers, local community experts, and trusted technical experts who continue to work with each other outside official training exercises to develop infrastructure.
AEPROVI, the Ecuadorian ISP association, runs IXPs in Quito and Guayaquil.  LACNIC and the Internet Society have been working with them to support the implementation of new technologies. Before the IXPs in these two cities were developed, Ecuador’s local connectivity was impacted by expensive international traffic costs.  Local Internet traffic was not exchanged locally.  As a result, local traffic was slower and web sites were harder to upload.  The Internet ecosystem shifted in 2001, when IXPs in Quito and Guayaquil were built, interconnected in 2007, and local traffic was exchanged locally.  
In 2012, ISOC and AEPROVI partnered to provide IPv6 and DNSSEC training workshops. The results have been a stronger more technically capable community of experts, better network management, and reduced local connectivity costs due to local traffic being exchanged in the country. 

 In Quito from September 4-5, Cisco Systems, LACNIC, the Internet Society, AEPROVI, and Andean Trade collaborated to continue building local technical capacity through a workshop focused on BGP (Border Gateway Protocol), routing security and RPKI (Resource Certification System). Along with the recent improvement to support RPKI, traffic origin-validation implementation will distinguish the AEPROVI IXPs as global leaders in the area.  
In the next 2-3 weeks, the Internet Society, through a grant from Cisco, will
provide additional equipment to the IXP in Quito.  This equipment will help the IXP upgrade its capacity required to accommodate future Internet traffic growth.
The Internet Society will be working closely with Cisco Systems, AEPROVI and LACNIC to continue tracking the progress made in Ecuador and other countries and will inform the community as we proceed.  
The Internet Society works with partners like LACNIC throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to help develop Internet infrastructure, build human technical capacity, and to engage in constructive dialogue on Internet related issues.
Do you have similar stories to share about Internet infrastructure development and “networks of trust” being developed?
Let us know. Send us an email at development@isoc.org.
Note:  Funding for this workshop was provided in part through ISOC’s IXP Toolkit Grant & Best Practices Project, funded by Google.  Equipment assistance to the IXP will be provided through a grant from Cisco Systems to the Internet Society.

Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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