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  •   On Wednesday November 27th in downtown Toronto on the 51st floor at the Panaroma restrauant  the  Canadian Internet Registry Agency (CIRA)  launched their  membership social event  open to all members of CIRA    ISOC  Canada  Chapter  decided to tag  along.  CIRA  is the  country code registar in Canada  To learn more  www.cira.ca  As the pictures  depict below  the event was packed, wall to wall participants and a long line up organized by the  staff of CIRA.    CIRA  Is...
    Date published 05 December 2013
  • Some three years ago, in October 2010, we deployed the pilot network infrastructure for the Wireless for Communities project in Chanderi, a small rural town pretty much in the middle of India. Getting to the site itself was a bit of an adventure - using a combination of cars and trains that took us some 10-odd hours from Delhi.   We had an idea of what we wanted to achieve with the pilot and thought that if we could get two-thirds of what we wanted done, we would have won. First priority was to get a bunch of young folks (male and female) selected from communities across India...
    Date published 26 November 2013
  • The Internet is now growing faster in Africa than any other region. But, it took a lot of time and effort of the pioneers to reach this stage. Here at the Internet Society, we believe that it is very important to remember and document the history behind the Internet in Africa so that the contribution of the pioneers is not forgotten.  This why we created the History of the Internet in Africa section in our a website. This dedicated interactive site was developed with the support of African experts to give an overview of the current status of the Internet in the continent as well as...
    Date published 25 November 2013
  • During the Internet Governance Forum, this week in Indonesia, the Internet Society presented its strategy for launching a Bureau in the Middle East in the last quarter of 2013. This strategy was formulated with input from Chapter meetings, discussions with Members, Representatives from academic institutions, and governments. Throughout the process, it became clear that there is a strong interest in having a stronger Internet Society presence in the Middle East.     The objectives for the next 3-5 years is that a majority of countries in the region embrace the Internet's...
    Date published 27 October 2013
  • 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...
    Date published 28 August 2013
  • In the last five years, Africa's technology focus has been on infrastructure, exploring ways to lower connectivity costs and pushing networks to underserved and economically unattractive areas. With the costs falling and network infrastructure improving, focus has shifted to local content, and National Research and Education Networks (RENs) are on the forefront of increasing local content development. For many RENs, support from governments and private sector institutions has helped in bringing more students and content online. In the private sector, Google Inc has worked with RENs by...
    Date published 27 August 2013
  • The Kenya Education Network (KENET) was founded in 1999 and was licensed as a private networks operator in 2002. KENET is recognized by ICANN and AfriNIC as a National Research and Education Network (NREN) and allocated AS# and IP block (v4 and v6) on behalf of education community of Kenya.  KENET promotes the use of ICT in institutions of higher learning whilst connecting them to the rest of the world. KENET institutions have so far been provided with affordable and efficient bandwidth.  “KENET gives a non-discriminative connectivity for tertiary institutions within the...
    Date published 27 August 2013
  • It has been a busy year for Liquid Telecom as it continues to invest heavily in its network, cementing the company's position as one of the largest single international fibre network in Africa. In 2013, Liquid acquired a number of companies which added to its footprint and improved its service offerings. These are; Kenya Data Networks (a data carrier and infrastructure provider in Kenya) Africa Data Networks (an operator in the DRC Stream Rwanda (a service provider in Rwanda) and InfoCom, (an ISP in Uganda) It also acquired the assets of...
    Date published 27 August 2013
  • Improved broadband speeds, promotion of key content, healthy competition among carriers and a strategic location has allowed NAP Africa to be one of the fastest growing exchange points. NAP Africa is a neutral, layer 2 Internet Exchange Point, located within Teraco data centre environment and is currently routing 2.5Gbps of traffic on both the Johannesburg and Cape Town IXPs. “One of the key factors to the success of the exchange was through our efforts to build relationships with global and African thought leaders in the peering industry, including: Andy Davidson (LONAP),...
    Date published 27 August 2013