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27 August 2013

Africa's Internet providers, peering and interconnection experts to meet in Casablanca

Michuki Mwangi
By Michuki MwangiSenior Director, Internet Technology and Development

This year's Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) will be held in Casablanca, Morocco, with the goal of increasing national and cross border interconnection between networks and Internet Service Providers.

The meeting, scheduled for September 3rd to 5th is in its fourth year and the first time in North Africa, after meeting in Nairobi, Ghana and South Africa. AfPIF provides a forum where key players from infrastructure and service providers, IXPs, regulators and policy makers can engage in a relaxed but business like environment, sharing their experiences and learning from experts in the field.

The event starts with training for technical managers, followed by two days of discussions, all meant to increase the level of interaction and cooperation between participants.

Some of the topics to be discussed include; peering and transit economics, engineering techniques and peering strategies. This whole day session for IXP managers and peering coordinators, will immerse them into the running of IXPs and making economic sense out of the peering business.

There will be sessions on the role of public and private sector in developing national and regional interconnection strategies as well as the role of innovation hubs, research and education networks in promoting entrepreneurship in Africa.

The meeting will be available for remote participation via the web; details to be shared before the start.

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