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Zambia AIS Photo 2013 Cropped smallWhen a group of Kenyan Internet service providers gathered in Nairobi to establish an Internet exchange point (IXP) late in 2000, little did they know that their actions would lay the foundation to one of the world’s most commended reciprocal relationships between government and the ICT industry.

Initially set up as a cost saving exercise to avoid using expensive international links primarily controlled by the incumbent monopoly telecom operator at the time, Telekom Kenya, KIXP quickly caused headlines for all the wrong reasons recalls Michuki Mwangi, KIXP’s chief technology officer and one of the original technicians involved in the setup of the IXP all those years ago.

“A week after we had set it up, the incumbent [Telkom Kenya] requested that the regulator [Communications Commission of Kenya, now known as Communications Authority] to shut it down, as we were operating illegally,” says Michuki. “This was even though we had an informal agreement with CCK.”

afrinic anissaDuring AIS’16 in Botswana, we caught up with several women who work diligently in the ICT sector in many parts of Africa as they shared with us their stories, passion and struggles.

We talked to Anissa BHAR, AIS’16 fellow who teaches at the university ISET Charguia in Tunisia and her colleague Afifa HARIZ FRIKHA from the IPv6 team at the university.

• Anissa BHAR: Where and what did you study at university? 

I studied at the « High Institute of Management » with specialisation in  Computing Management (Informatique de gestion) for four years and had my MSc in IT Management, then at the National School for  Computer Science, for two years and had my Certificate of specialised studies in Computer Science, after I had my Aggregation in Computer Science.

AFRINIC's Logan Velvindron shares his views on the impact of IPv4 exhaustion on the Internet of Things (IoT) market in Mauritius during a half day workshop on the Mauritius National Innovation Framework.

Mauritius National Innovation Framework

I was sitting in the audience during the national innovation framework, which was a half-day on Thursday. I listened carefully to the framework, and the plan for the coming years.

Read more on Logan's post


ImageAFRINIC’s training team was again front and center at the African Internet Summit’s workshop week, delivering a number of technical workshops, including on IPv6.

AFRINIC’s IPv6 Training courses are IPv6 Forum Certified (Gold) and aim to equip network engineers and operators with knowledge about IPv6 deployment and transition techniques including how to: conduct an IPv6 infrastructure audit, create an address plan, acquire IPv6 prefixes, configure routing, and choosing transition

To understand the motivation for attendees to participate in this workshop and where their organisations are at in terms deploying IPv6, we chatted with four attending engineers from host country Botswana as well Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

The Africa Internet Summit 2016 (AIS'16) took place in Gaborone, Botswana, from 29 May - 10 June 2016. Over 365 people took part in training sessions, workshops, tutorials, parallel meetings, policy development discussions, plenary sessions, elections and networking events. The meeting was organised by AfNOG and AFRINIC and generously hosted by BOCRA. The organisers would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the AIS'16 sponsors, partners and donors and the attendees, whose continued dedication and support ensure that the AIS remains one of the region's leading ICT events. We look forward to seeing you all in Nairobi, Kenya, for the AIS'17, from 21 May - 2 June 2017. 

The AIS'16 agenda can be found here. Click on the Info section to see the presentation slides.

Meeting statistics can be found here.

Detailed Daily Recaps of each day's events can be found here.

Session recordings (6 - 10 June only) can be found here.