Beirut IXP Workshop

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The Middle East Regional Bureau held a “IXP Best Practices” workshop in Beirut, Radisson Blu Martinez hotel on 24 and 25 March 2017.

The meeting was attended by 50 people representing ISPs, network operators, universities, and content providers.  Three ISPs came from Syria in order to attend the workshop.

For the meeting Agenda and associated presentations please click here.

The workshop was dedicated to best practices in setting up and operating Internet Exchange Points. It was facilitated by four international experts who shared their experiences setting up Internet Exchanges and answered questions from the audience:

  • Jane Coffin, Internet Society
  • Nick Hilliard, INEX
  • Hisham Ibrahim, RIPE NCC
  • Bijal Sanghani, EURO-IX

The experts met with officials at the Ministry of Telecommunications and Ogero who shared with the experts their vision of transforming the Beirut IX into a regional Internet hub.  The officials also shared their desire for a neutral and open IXP structure that can be used by all legal entities desiring to peer together and keep local traffic within the country.

The Internet Society played the role of a neutral advisor to help the Ministry of Telecommunications put a roadmap for evolving the current IXP of Lebanon into a neutral one able to grow and attract content providers.  ISOC also played the role of coordinator by starting the national dialogue with all active stakeholders.

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Date and Time

Friday 24 March 2017 –

Saturday 25 March 2017

Location

Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel

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