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News 2006

[09/02/2006] LIR Computer Based Training (CBT) material now available for download

AfriNIC Introduces LIR CBT (Computer Based Training)

AfriNIC has developed a Computer Based Training CD-ROM for LIRs (and any other party
interested in learning about AfriNIC number resource management procedures). The CBT
is fully interactive and voice-enabled. Your browser will need to have the Macromedia Flash
plugin enabled in order to use this material, which is approximately 20MB. The CBT covers
all the topics usually taught at the LIR training events that AfriNIC conducts.

For those that cannot travel to the LIR Training, the CBT is the answer.

A CD-ROM of the CBT has been sent to all our members (Along with the 2006 invoice) and
will also be distributed at each training event and/or AfriNIC meeting.

If you are an LIR/member and have not received your copy of the CD-ROM, please write to
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to request a copy!


[13/12/2006] Memorandum of Understanding signed between AfriNIC and AfNOG


[16/03/2006] AfriNIC-3 Meeting minutes is now available


[12/06/2006] PRESS RELEASE: Closure of the 4th AfriNIC Public Policy Meeting


[AfriNIC Ltd. – Cybercity , Mauritius ], AfriNIC concluded its fourth meeting last week. This meeting, the third after its formal recognition as a Regional Internet Registry for the African Region, was held in Nairobi , Kenya . Two other major Annual technical events in the continent took place jointly with the AfriNIC-4 meeting: these are the 7 th AfNOG meeting and the INET' Africa event.

Over the five days, network specialists and experts from all over the continent (from 30 different African countries) exchanged experiences, research works and views about the development of the internet in Africa . Subjects ranging from wireless and mobility networking in Africa to WSIS and IGF follow-up were discussed. The meetings were preceded by some side events such as the first consultation meeting on African Research and Education Networks (AfREN - with the participation of the Association of African Universities (AAU), representatives for academic networks and National Research and Education Networks) and the third AfriNIC hands-on training on IPv6 (Previous Trainings were held in Egypt and Sudan early this year). All the IPv6 trainings lead to an IPv6 address block allocation and the setup of an IPv6 connection to the countries if there is no such connection before. ' It is amazing to see young people from Africa presenting on very narrow technical subjects at the same level as what we use to see in US. Africa has competencies, we need to use them for our development, and I will do my part by getting more involved myself and by also involving more people willing to work for this continent development ' says Dr. Muhammadou Kah from ABTI, American University in Nigeria .

As always during the AfriNIC Public Policy meeting, policy proposals for Internet resource management in the AfriNIC region were discussed: Two specific proposals were put on the table: Provider Independent IPv6 address assignments to End-Users and the 4-byte ASN transition process. The first proposal was sent back to the mailing list for further discussion, while the second received consensus from all the participants.

The last part of the meeting was dedicated to the 3rd Annual General Meeting, where activity reports for 2005 and the 2006 budget were presented to the members. Both reports were approved by the members present. It was also time for the renewal of two seats on the AfriNIC Board (of Directors) - (the Southern and Eastern Africa seats). After the votings Alan P. Barrett ( South Africa ) and Badru Ntege ( Uganda ) were elected as primary BoDs while Silvio C. Almada ( Angola ) and Brian Longwe ( Kenya ) were elected as alternates for their respective regions.

According to Adiel A. Akplogan, the CEO of AfriNIC, "this meeting once again has shown the ability of our continent to work together when specialists are gathered and focus is made on very specific issues and areas".

AfriNIC will hold its fifth meeting from November 27 to December 1 st 2006 in Mauritius.


AfriNIC: AfriNIC is the Regional Internet Registry in charge of management of IP resources in Africa and the Indian Ocean regions. AfriNIC is a not-for-profit and non-governmental membership based organisation incorporated in Mauritius . AfriNIC provides services to more than 200 operators from 50 countries in the region. Prior to AfriNIC's set up, Africa was served by three different RIRs (APNIC, for the Indian Ocean countries; RIPE NCC, for African countries located above the equator; and ARIN, for African countries located below the equator).

AfriNIC-4 Meeting Report is now available

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[12/06/2006] AfriNIC-4 Meeting minutes is now available

[13/07/2006] Daniel Karrenberg elected Chair of ISOC Trustees


The RIPE NCC's Chief Scientist, Daniel Karrenberg, has been elected as the new Chair of the Internet Society's (ISOC's) Board of Trustees. Karrenberg was elected during ISOC's Annual General Meeting (AGM) which was held recently in Marrakesh, Morocco.

"The Internet Society has much to contribute to the continued success of the Internet," said Karrenberg. "The diligent work of my predecessors, the Trustees and the staff has put the society in a very sound position. Building on this foundation we will intensify our work in the areas of public policy and education. We will ensure that the IETF has the administrative support it needs to continue its exemplary standardisation work. We will continue to build a healthy network of chapters for local activities close to the Internet users. All this will help us to realise our motto 'The Internet is for Everyone'".

Karrenberg is a pioneer member of ISOC and has been actively involved with the development of many of the society's educational initiatives. He taught tutorials at early INET conferences, supported networking workshops and has written ISOC member briefings about Internet operations and coordination. In 2001 he was awarded the Jon Postel service award in recognition of two decades of extraordinary dedication to the development of networking in Europe and around the world. A regular IETF participant since 1992, Daniel has co-authored several RFCs.


[24/09/2006] Memorandum of Understanding between AfriNIC, AfNOG and AAU

[26/09/2006] Call for presentation and Tutorials


[05/10/2006] PRESS RELEASE: AfriNIC and AfNOG sign an MoU with AAU (African Association of Universities)

[October 2nd 2006]

[AfriNIC −Cybercity , Mauritius]

AfriNIC together with AfNOG have just signed a historic MoU with the Association of African Universities. The MoU is the result of a very fruitful workshop about developing national research and education networks (NRENs) held in Nairobi , Kenya in May 2006 during the AfriNIC-4 /AfNOG7 event. The R&E workshop was organized with assistance from the Network StartupResource Center (NSRC), and funding support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Through this MoU, the three organizations agree to work together for African Research and Education Network development. In this context where Universities in Africa are working to develop their collaboration through interconnecting their networks, an active involvement of the Internet community and capacity building around scalable network Infrastructure will play a key role. During the meeting, AfriNIC offered to work with any and all universities or NRENs that are interested in becoming AfriNIC members, and applying for portable public IP address space.

According to the CEO of AfriNIC, Adiel Akplogan this MoU is inline with AfriNIC's objectives which among others is to raise awareness among academic institutes on Internet related issues. He says that "the MOU is an important milestone in building a strong and active Internet community on the continent. We will work with the two other organizations to design workshops and events which will serve Internet development goals in Africa . There is no reason why the education and research community in Africa should be left out of Internet development"

AfriNIC will hold its fifth Public policy meeting in November 2006 in Mauritius where participation of some NRENs and AAU representatives is expected.


AfriNIC: AfriNIC is the Regional Internet Registry in charge of the management of IP resources in Africa and the Indian Ocean regions. AfriNIC is a not-for-profit and non-governmental membership based organisation incorporated in Mauritius. AfriNIC provides services to more than 200 operators from 50 countries in the region. Prior to AfriNIC's set up, Africa was served by three different RIRs (APNIC, for the Indian Ocean countries; RIPE NCC, for African countries located north of the equator; and ARIN, for African countries located south of the equator). More Information about AfriNIC can be found at:

AfNOG: AfNOG is the group of African Network Operators. Its objective since its setup in 2000 is to keep its members up to date with the latest IP evolution through annual workshops and tutorials on Scalable Network Infrastructure. The next AFNOG event is planned in Abudja ( Nigeria ) in April 2007. More information about AfNOG can be found at:

AAU: The Association of African Universities (AAU) is the apex organization and forum for consultation, exchange of information and co-operation among institutions of higher education in Africa . It represents the voice of higher education in Africa on regional and international bodies and supports networking by institutions of higher education in teaching, research, information exchange and dissemination. More information about AAU can be found at:

Memorandum of Understanding: AfriNIC-AfNOG-AAU, click here

Contact: AfriNIC , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it +230 466 6616


AfriNIC-5 Meeting Minutes


AfriNIC, the Regional Internet Registry for Africa, held its 5th public policy meeting in Mauritius from the 29th of November to the 1st of December 2006. This meeting held along with the second African IPv6 conference exposed the latest works being carried out on the IPv6 as well as Internet Governance and IP number resources allocation policy in Africa . In his opening remarks, the Minister of IT and Telecommunications of Mauritius called for greater participation of all stakeholders in Africa with regards to Internet Governance.

The meeting was attended by 120 delegates from 35 countries including AfriNIC Board members, staff, representatives from AfNOG, APNIC, ARIN, ICANN, ISOC, LACNIC, RIPE NCC, officials from Governments and African Network Operators at large. The largest proportion of attendees were from telecom operators followed by ISPs, giving an indication of the importance that telecommunication operators are now giving to the role of AfriNIC and the Internet Number Resources.

The INET Africa Regional Conference of the Internet Society which was organised during the same event (on 30th of November 2006) allowed various issues relating to the role of IETF and AfTLD to be discussed as well as the some best practices for ccTLD Management. African participants to the most recent IETF meeting also gave a report on their participation.