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Deploy360 13 November 2015

ION Cape Town: IETF to Africa?

Kevin Meynell
By Kevin MeynellSenior Manager, Technical and Operational Engagement

ion-capetown-ai-pngThis week we’re highlighting some of the topics that were covered during ION Cape Town a couple of months back. This was our third ION conference of 2015, and was held in conjunction with South Africa iWeek 2015 which has been South Africa’s leading annual Internet industry conference since 2001.

Our final post for the week is to mention what’s happening in Africa with respect to Internet Standards Development. Whilst the IETF started in 1986 and recently held its 95th meeting in Japan, an IETF meeting has still yet to be held anywhere in Africa and there is believed to be just one RFC (7479) with a sole African authorship.

The reasons for this are many and varied, but IETF participants pay their own way and there have historically not been many participants from Africa in IETF Working Groups. However, the Internet is growing in Africa and there are an increasing number of Internet experts who could be actively involved with the IETF.

The Internet Society is supporting this through its Fellowship to the IETF programme, whilst other IETF awareness activities have been held at the Africa Internet Summit. A 2010 survey by the IAOC also showed that nearly 40% of respondents were in favour of holding an IETF in Africa, so the aim is to mobilise the African Internet community around bringing a meeting to the continent by 2018.

Please help support this initiative by raising awareness of the IETF and identifying individuals who could actively contribute towards making the IETF a truly global standards effort.


Please also check out the other presentations and videos from the conference, as there’s some interesting deployment case studies and trials of the Deploy360 technologies.

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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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