Peer The Change After AfPIF2015 at MAPUTO


Two Cameroonians: Denis and Gabriel with some other Attendees @ AfPIF2015 Source: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CNUUyH2WoAADMg2.jpg
Two Cameroonians: Denis and Gabriel with some other Attendees @ AfPIF2015
AfPIF, the Af* in charge of Peering and Interconnections in Africa, has traveled to Mozambique this year. Starting on 25 to 27 August 2015, our regional Peering forum hosts at least tree Cameroonians, samely like during AfPIF2014. Denis FORCHAM, a member of the cmNOG/ISOC.CM, reports below what he has seen and heard there…
Maputo 2015 was a great success. AfPIF was celebrating its 5 years of existence and so it was equally necessary to celebrate its achievements. In fact one of these achievements was the fact this year recorded the highest number participants from all over the world.
Presentations revealed that many IXPs have been established across Africa, thanks to the activities of AfPIF. Many content providers like Google are now seeing Africa as a potential place for business. Africa has equally witnessed an increase in its international bandwidth, within the last 5 years with the landing of many high speed optical fiber networks at its shores.
The time for African content is therefore now” said one of the content providers. Africans have to start thinking of producing their contents and hosting them at home rather hosting abroad.
There were presentations [1] on the impact of peering in Africa and why cross border interconnection is important. Many high speed undersea optical fiber companies like SEACOM, presented their services and their role in assisting interconnection. Other peering partners like AKAMAI that are not yet present in Africa were there to present their services and to explain how peering with them can greatly improve internet performance.
The Administrator of Gambia’s IXP which is less than one year was happy to present their experiences and share with participants on how to better attract contents and greatly benefit from the IXP.
There were equally great presentations on the usefulness and need for data centers.
After all the presentations and as a Cameroonian and as a member of the internet society and also as a government stakeholder, I concluded that there is great need for our internet exchange point, CAMIX to go operational before AfPIF2016 which will be in Tanzania. We are lagging behind in this challenge. What do you think?
Sylvain BAYA, Winner of the AfPIF2015 Draw, following the Survey, here with its iPad Mini
Sylvain BAYA, Winner of the AfPIF2015 Draw, following the Survey, here with the Price [iPad Mini]
It seems also interesting to note about the AfPIF2015 draw [2], among participants who responded to the questionnaire of the evaluation survey of AfPIF2015, that the winner is a Cameroonian. Again I had the honor of being addressed by  staffs of the Internet Society Africa Bureau, to convey the iPad Mini tablet to Cameroon. Sylvain BAYA, the cmNOG’s Coordinator, who is indeed the Winner has here one more tool to use in benefit of the cmNOG; for which his commitment remains exemplary to all of us.
Expecting that the Cameroonian participation will be more varied with at least one fellow among the panelists, Rendez-vous is taken for AfPIF2016, with God’s allowance.
Foncham Denis Doh .
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Some Pictures

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Madhvi, AfriNIC:How Important is an IXP? Policy: About IP Reservation for IXP [Source: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CNQSveLVAAEpC3o.png]
Madhvi, AfriNIC:How Important is an IXP? Policy: About IP Reservation for IXP
 
Vue of relationship [Peering#Transit] between Operators/Caches/IXP [Source: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CNQrnllWUAAcJn0.jpg]
Vue of relationship [Peering#Transit] between Operators/Caches/IXP
 
AfPIF2015's Stats : 232 attendees from 57 countries and 978 online participants from 77 countries [Source: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CNd3XDhWgAAyMyk.jpg]
AfPIF2015’s Stats : 232 attendees from 57 countries and 978 online participants from 77 countries
Registration Desk @ AfPIF2015 [Source: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CNPLSszU8AAzocC.jpg]
Registration Desk @ AfPIF2015
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 About Author
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Foncham Denis Doh
Telecommunications Engineer
Diploma Internet Governance(NEPAD e_Africa  Capacity building programme
Current research: IXP in Cameroon

email: fonchamdoh@yahoo.com
Skype : foncham_denis
twitter: @denis_doh

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