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Successful conclusion of the AFRINIC Training in Abuja, held from 5 to 8 August 2014

 13 August 2014 - AFRINIC, the Regional Internet Registry for Africa in collaboration with the Nigeria ICT Forum and Bandwidth Consortium just concluded a four (04) day IPv6 and Internet Number Resources Management training course in Abuja.

The event that took place from 5 to 8 August, was held at Consortium Office, in Abuja, Nigeria and led by Mukom Akong Tamon, Trainer for AFRINIC. 

This training falls under AFRINIC's Capacity Building program which aims to help network engineers in AFRICA better plan and manage Internet number resources and IPv6 networks.

 The course was attended by 30 network engineers, systems administrators and IT Managers drawn from the telecommunications and Internet service organisations, as well as National agencies, colleges and universities. 

We wish to extend our appreciation to the Nigeria ICT Forum and Bandwidth Consortium for hosting this workshop and making it a success.


Highlights of this Training:

- Skills necessary for Network Operators to prepare for the transition from IPV4 to IPV6

- Provide qualitative training for those engineers that managed networks thus providing the knowledge to tackle the problem of quality of service in the telecommunication industry

- Network Engineers acquire knowledge to compete favorably with their counterpart in the global market.

- Enhance the performance of Network Engineers on network management with the ultimate goal of ensuring the sustainable growth of the Nigerian Telecom Industry.

- Boost the productivity level of the network engineers.

For more information on AFRINIC Training please visit our Training website:






1 August 2014 - FIRE Programme Awards acknowledge the remarkable contributions ICT innovators have made to their communities by using the Internet to address social and development challenges.

The FIRE Programme Awards are granted to initiatives already completed or in their final implementation phases and that are aligned with one of the three funding categories:

* Innovation on Access Provision

* E-Development

* Freedom of Expression 

There is one Award winner per category. In addition, there is a Community Choice Award category, voted for by the community.

This year, the FIRE 2014 Award did not recognise an initiative promoting Freedom of expression. This category will be back in 2015.

The following outstanding projects won a FIRE 2014 Award:


Category: Innovation on Access Provision

Project 1: OER4Schools

Organisation: Witaba Foundation


Project 2: Affaires Mobiles Bénin, a platform for linking buyers and sellers of food products in Benin

Organisation: Beninese Agency for the Promotion of Commercial Exchanges


Category: E- Development

Project 3: mJangale: Improving Education in Senegal with Mobile Solutions

Organisation: SenMobile


Category: Community Choice

Project 4: Lôr Bouôr


All four winners will receive a cash prize of US$ 3,000 and a travel grant to attend the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) taking place in Istanbul (Turkey) from the 2nd - 5th September 2014.

During the IGF, the 2014 Awardees will be given opportunities to showcase their project, make professional contacts and participate in discussions about the future of the Internet.


More information about the FIRE Programme can be found online at:




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