Afrinic-3

AfriNIC-3 Meeting Minutes
The 3rd AfriNIC public policy meeting together with the first African IPv6 meeting were held
on December 13 th and 14 th 2005 in Cairo , Egypt at the Mena House Oberoi conference
hall in Giza . The meeting attracted several AfriNIC members, sister RIRs (RIPE NCC,
APNIC, ARIN, LACNIC), bodies like the ITU and ECA, representatives from the Egyptian
government and African network operators at large.

Highlights from the Meeting

•  Introduction of the 6Mandela Project

•  Experience from African countries on IPv6 deployment

•  AfriNIC status update

•  MoU signed between AfriNIC and AfNOG

•  Status updates from the various departments at AfriNIC

•  Updates from other Regional Internet Registries (RIRs)

•  Discussion of the proposed policies from the community

•  Open forum

AfrIPv6 Meeting: First African IPv6 meeting

The first African IPv6 meeting was held on 13 th December. The opening ceremony was
chaired by Baher Esmat, the Eyptian IPv6 task Force Chair in the presence of Hon. Dr.
Tarek Kamel, The Egyptian Minister of Communications and IT. After welcoming the
audience, Baher gave the floor to the AfriNIC CEO to introduce the meeting. Adiel
Akplogan thanked the government of Egypt for its valuable support towards this first
African IPv6 meeting. He explained that during the AfriNIC-2 meeting in Maputo –
Mozambique , members expressed the need for more information and cooperation on
IPv6. Adiel presented various policy adjustments made by AfriNIC to ease the allocation of
IPv6 in Africa . He also presented the 6Mandela project, a result of the discussions that
were held during the AfriNIC-2 meeting in Maputo ( Mozambique ) and the IPv6 task force
meeting that was held in May 2005 in Cairo . The initiative aims at leading the IPv6
awareness program in our region through meetings, training, operational research and
test beds for the transition process. In 2006, AfriNIC will work with interested parties to
finalise the project. (To participate in this initiative and general discussions about IPv6
deployment in Africa , a mailing list has been setup: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text69795 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). The
AfriNIC CEO ' s presentation was followed by another from the chair of the IPv6 Forum,
Latif Ladid, who, in continuation of the context mentioned by Adiel, expressed how
important IPv6 is for Africa and emphasized how it will change the way of communication
in the world. He presented another IPv6 initiative similar to the 6Mandela but for the
Arabic countries, called the " Khawarizmi-V6 " . He said that the Ipv6 forum - of which he
is the chair, will give all its support to other Ipv6 initiatives in Africa. To officially launch the meeting, Hon. Dr. Tarek Kamel, the Minister of Communications
and ICT in Egypt took the floor after these two introductory talks. He welcomed everybody
to Egypt on behalf of the Egyptian government and assured the meeting about Egypt 's
commitment towards the development of the global information society, ensuring Africa 's
strong contribution to the world of information. He mentioned the AfriNIC experience he
has shared over the years, developing from just an idea that emerged back in 1997-1998
to an operational organization serving the whole African continent and demonstrating
another sign of Africa 's successful collaborative efforts. Dr Tarek mentioned Egypt 's
involvement in the AfriNIC process and its further commitment to AfriNIC, and talked
vastly about the WSIS and internet governance issues, and how Africa has fitted in the
picture. He was impressed by the attendance of this first African IPv6 meeting. He then
inaugurated the meeting by inviting the next presentor to the podium.During the second
part of the meeting, various speakers from the region shared their experience in deploying
IPv6 and/or awareness projects in their countries / networks. There were
interesting presentations form Jordi M. Palet about the IPv6 campaign in the Latin
American/Caribbean Region, experience from South Africa by Andrew Alston (TENET), a
example of IPv6 transition in a corporate environment by Alain Aina (TRSTech TOGO),
and Egypt IPv6 Task force update. Companies like France Telecom, Teleglobe, and the 6DISS project talked about their IPv6
experience to a large extent. They all expressed their willingness to support IPv6
initiatives in this part of the world, especially to the 6Mandela and Khawarizmi-v6
initiatives.

The last part of the day was focused on some operational aspects such as:

IPv6 security issues - Thinking outside the NAT box (by Tony Hain– Cisco Systems).

 

IPv6 and Open Source (by  Sherif Bahaa - Alcatel Egypt )

 

The day ended with conclusive remarks from the AfriNIC CEO, Mr Adiel Akplogan.

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AfriNIC Plenary – Public Policy meeting  

The AfriNIC Board Chair, Mr Dandjinou Pierre, welcomed everybody present to the third
AfriNIC
public policy meeting and presented the agenda

Activity updates/reports from AfriNIC

The AfriNIC CEO presented a report about AfriNIC activities in 2005 that started early last
year. The CEO gave a detailed status update that summarized AfriNIC's activities,
membership trend, financials, human resources, trend of the assigned/allocated number
resources and training. He publicly announced the release of AfriNIC ' s first LIR computer
based training (CBT) material which is available on CDROM and from the AfriNIC training
web site.

 

The CBT will allow the comunity to better interact with AfriNIC. He thanked ARIN who
supported the development of the CBT and annouced that the a french version will be
released in the first quarter 2006.

 

Memorandum of Understanding between AfriNIC and AfNOG

As a follow up from the AfriNIC-2 meeting held in Mozambique in May 2005, AfriNIC and
AfNOG finally signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) during the AfriNIC-3
meeting. It was signed by the AfNOG chair, Dr. Nii Quaynor and the AfriNIC CEO Mr Adiel Akplogan. Also present was Nancy Dotse (AfNOG) and several AfriNIC board members.

 

As a follow up from the AfriNIC-2 meeting held in Mozambique in May 2005, AfriNIC and
AfNOG finally signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) during the AfriNIC-3
meeting. It was signed by the AfNOG chair, Dr. Nii Quaynor and the AfriNIC CEO Mr Adiel
Akplogan. Also present was Nancy Dotse (AfNOG) and several AfriNIC board members.

Reports from other Regional Internet Registries (RIRs)

Status updates were presented from all the RIRs whose representatives were all present in
Cairo . The presentations were made by: Mr. Ray Plzak (CEO) from ARIN, Mr. Paul Rendek
(Member Services Director) from RIPE NCC, Mr. German Valdez (Policy Liason Officer) from
LACNIC and Mr Paul Wilson (Managing Director) from APNIC. At the same event, Paul
Wilson presented 20GB of historical routing data to AfriNIC (on an iPod).

 

ICANN/IANA Report

The IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers' Authority) was represented at the meeting by Naela
Sarras has also gave an update about IANA ' s recent activities The presentation contains
statistics about the efficiency of the IANA-RIR work relationships, statistics about resources
issued by IANA to the RIRs, root zone processing times and and other IANA activities.

 

AfriNIC Registration Service Report

A report was given by the the Registration Service Manager, Ernest Byaruhanga covering
the details, statistics and activity from the AfriNIC Registration Service. This report shows
the sensible increase of resource allocations in the AfriNIC region of service since the
recognition. The registration service has noticed an increasing number of all kinds of requests reaching the IP Analysts ' queue. This increased activity has led to the
appointment of a new IP analyst (Radha Ramphul) to assist with handling requests and
attending to members ' inquiries. The presentation is available at:

 

Discussion of Proposed Policies from the Community

Following AfriNIC's current policy development process ( see http://www.afrinic.net/pdp.htm
), all proposed policies must be discussed at a public open policy meeting. The following
policies proposed by members from the community were discussed in most of the
afternoon moderated by the policy working group. Alan Barett (Work group member) and
Ernest Byaruhanga (Registration Service manager) led the discussions:

o Policy for PI/Direct Assignments to End-User Organisations

 

o Temporary Address Assignments / Assignments for Critical network/internet
infrastructure

 

o Change to criteria for ASN assignments

 

o IPv6 IANA to RIR allocations

 

o 4-byte ASN Proposal (Geoff Houston)

www.afrinic.net/meeting/afrinic-3/presentations/afrinic3-14-12-2005/afrinic3_policy_prop-
AlanB-ErnestB.pdf

The above proposals all received consensus from the meeting. The proposals will each be sent back the policy discussion mailing list for further 15 days discussion before they are forwarded to the AfriNIC board of Directors for final approval.

The proposal below were presented but not discussed by the community towards
consensus. This is because they had not appeared on the mailing list for at least 30 days
before the face to face public meeting as required by the policy development process:

o 4-byte ASN Proposal (Geoff Houston)

www.afrinic.net/meeting/afrinic-3/presentations/afrinic3-14-12-2005/afrinic3_policy_prop-
AlanB-ErnestB.pdf

The policy discussion ended with two policy suggestions (not send yet
to policy-wg for discussion)

o Proposed HD ratio change for IPv6 subsequent allocation (Paul Wilson).

o Proposal from ITU "For competitive address space allocation" presented by
Xiaoya Yang (ITU).

This last proposal received some comments from the community which questioned the
involvement of ITU in internet number resource management. It also pointed out the fact
that country based allocations do not meet the internet architecture and routing principles.
Particpants pointed out that this proposal will end up increasing the routing table which is
not acceptable for the smooth operation of Internet. The chair of the Egyptian Ipv6TF
present during the meeting has also clarify the inttend of their proposal to the ITU-S SG2
related to Ipv6. According to him the proposal was only related to outreah on Ipv6 in
Developing countries and NOT for ITU to manage Ipv6 address allocation.

Other interesting talks at the meeting

Alain Aina gave an interesting presentation showing the trend of the numbers (IP
addresses and ASNs) issued to operators in the AfriNIC service region, and how they
appear in the global routing table/global internet. This presentation gave a general
overview of how and when the issued numbers are actually eventually utilized. Please see
the meeting agenda website for details of this presentation.

Round table: End of WSIS, follow up and AfriNIC ' s Role in Africa .

The panel was co-chaired by Dr. Nadia Hegazy and Pierre Oedraogo and composed of
Makane Faye (UN/ECA), Pierre Dandjinou (Chair AfriNIC and UNDP), German Valdez
(LACNIC) and Inne Anne Rachel (ICANN). The discussion was opened by Pierre Oudreaogo
from Agence Gouvernementale de la Francophonie by presenting the challenge which
Information Society presents for Africa and expressed his hope that Africa can catch up
with the digital divide. Pierre also encouraged AfriNIC to take the leading role of
awareness in Internet governance. Dr Nadia Hegazy followed by expressing how pleased
she was by the contribution of the Africa region to the last phase of the summit in Tunis
which was the result of the various regional preparatory meetings like the one that
happened in Cairo in May. She stated that the results of the Tunis phase should be seen
as the beginning of a long process where everybody will have a role to play - from
Governments to Civil societies. On Internet governance, she said that the debate will
continue, but in that area, the discussion must be opened and the existing organizations
must have a strong role to play. Following these introductory speeches, each panelist talked about their organization's participation in the process and their vision for the next
steps. The representative from the ECA (UN) made a presentation showing how the ECA
has supported the WSIS process and has at the same time launched various follow up
mechanisms such as the ARAPKE program. He also said that AfriNIC has a role to play and
ECA welcomes proposals from AfriNIC to be added to the ARAPKE. He also made a
proposal for the AfriNIC board to be opened to observers from International organizations
like ECA, UA and ATU.

IPv6 Hands-on training

The two days prior to the AfriNIC meeting were used for education and outreach to the
community about IPv6. Dec 12 th 2005 was dedicated to a hands-on IPv6 workshop that
targeted network and systems engineers from the AfriNIC community. It offered a
practical introduction to IPv6, installing IPv6 on various OS, tunneling, configuration of
security and other policies, monitoring and troubleshooting IPv6 networks and setup on
Cisco routers. The workshop was organized by AfriNIC and was conducted by Jordi Palet
Martinez (from Consulintel), Athanassios Liakopoulos and Philippe Bareski (from 6DISS).

 

LIR Training

A training session for members/LIRs and other interested parties was conducted a few
days prior to the meeting. The major objectives of the training are to train ISP staff on
how to interact with the AfriNIC whois database and how to request internet number
resources from AfriNIC. The event attracted about 65 participants.

AfriNIC-4

The fourth AfriNIC public policy meeting and member AGM will be held in Nairobi, Kenya
from 16 th to 17 th May 2006 (together with AFNOG-6 : 7 th to 15 th May 2006). Please
check our meeting page regularly for updated information

AfriNICnews Issue 4 has also been released.

End of Meeting

The meeting was adjourned at about 1900H local time by the AfriNIC CEO (Adiel
Akplogan) and the AfriNIC Board Chairman (Mr Pierre Dandjinou).

Sponsors

We would like to thank all our sponsors whose support enabled us to have a very
successful meeting.

•  Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT)

•  The Egyptian IPv6 Task Force

•  Afilias

•  EgyNet

•  ISOC

•  Link dot Net

•  TE Data

•  Teletech

•  Consulintel

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