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Brief Overview of ISOC and Our Multi-Year African Interconnection and Traffic Exchange Programme. Karen Rose, Director of Strategic Development Michuki Mwangi, Sr. Development Manager - Africa Chris Morris, Sr. Development Strategy Manager March 2011 The Internet Society.

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    1. Brief Overview of ISOC and Our Multi-Year African Interconnection and Traffic Exchange Programme Karen Rose, Director of Strategic Development Michuki Mwangi, Sr. Development Manager - Africa Chris Morris, Sr. Development Strategy Manager March 2011 The Internet Society

    2. Introduction to the Internet Society • Founded in 1992 by early Internet pioneers to advance the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world. • Vint Cerf, one of the “founding fathers” of the Internet and the Internet Society, remains active in our work. • International non-profit organization • 80+ local chapters worldwide, 20+ in Africa • 50 staff located around the world, Regional Bureaus • 100+ organisational members and 44,000 individual members • Internationally recognized, operationally stable, financially sound

    3. What Makes ISOC Unique? • 20 years of leadership at the intersection of Internet technology, development, and public policy • Organisational home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), which sets global Internet standards • IPv4/IPv6, MPLS, BGP, NAT, DNS, etc. • Trusted reputation as neutral and unbiasedadvocates for the Internet • Broad engagement across stakeholders including industry, government, universities, and civil society • Expert contributors to the World Economic Forum, United Nations bodies, Internet Governance Forum (IGF), OECD, etc. • Access to an international network of experts

    4. ISOC: Supporting Internet Growth in Africa • Committed to African Internet Development and Capacity Building since our inception • Earliest Internet connections in Africa established by ISOC members and workshop trainees • Advancing the African Internet • Technical Training Workshops: 15-20 p.a. • African Regional Internet Events: 4-5 p.a. • African Interconnection and Traffic Exchange Programme • “Next Generation” Leadership Development • Broad Reach, Key Influencers • Ministers, regulators, network operators, IXP managers, and university professors among our members, trainees • Key African Partnerships and Collaborations: • AfNOG, AfriNIC, and AfTLD, among others. • MoUs with UNECA and African Union

    5. ISOC’s Current African Chapters, Staff Locations In addition, our network of African experts, volunteers, and local contacts extends to nearly every country on the continent.

    6. ISOC Key Activities

    7. Overview of ISOC’s African Interconnection and Traffic Exchange Programme

    8. ISOC’s African Interconnection and Traffic Exchange (ITE) Programme • What’s this ultimately about?: Fostering a ubiquitous, reliable, and sustainable Internet in Africa that will propel the continent's aspirations in economic and social development. • An Africa that’s not just an “Internet Consumer” but an “Internet Creator,” on par with the rest of the world. • A robust, efficient, and cost-effective interconnection and traffic exchange landscape in Africa is requiredto achieve it. • Fostering this environment, in conjunction with partners, is our ITE programme goal. • Multi-year work, Multi-issue project • IXP development and capacity building is a key component • But many other factors impact their success!

    9. A Multifaceted Approach,Aimed at Advancing the African ITE Landscape • Addressing multiple aspects of the issue • Targeting Local, Regional, and International factors • Leveraging internal expertise and partnerships • Multi-year action plan

    10. Influencing the African ITE Ecosystem UNESCO OECD EU World Bank ITU-D AfriNIC Regulators Policy Makrs Development Organisations AfNOG AfPIF Policy Makrs Regulators Chap-ters? African Network Operators ATU Net Opps Net Opps Mobile Crrs? Policy Makers / Regulators AUC NRENs Chap-ters Africa RECs African ITE Program UN ECA AfNOG African IXP Operators AfPIF Int’l Peering/Transit Providers Content Net’wks IXP Opps Govn’t Net Opps “Content Drivers” EuroIX / EPF Int’l/Regional Net’s Chap-ters NRENs Mobile Crrs? Gaming Com’ty Other? E-Govn’t ccTLDs App. D’vprs

    11. Recent ITE Programme Activities, Achievements Article on Africa and ISOC’s IXP activities in HOTLINX, 2009 -- New IXPs (Launched) -- IXP Start-up Assistance IXP Training and Set up with ISOC Chapter, Sierra Lenone, 2009 -- IXP Improvement Assistance/Training -- Regional IXP and Interconnection Meetings Routing and IX Training in Preparation for Mombasa IXP, 2009

    12. African Peering and Interconnection Forum11 – 12 August 2010, Nairobi KenyaOrganised by ISOC: http://www.isoc.org/isoc/conferences/africanforum2010/ or http://www.afpif.org • Over 100 Attendees • Multi-stakeholder • Registrations from 20 African Countries • International experts from Africa, Europe, North America, and Asia Capacity Building, Information Exchange, Policy Discussions, Networking, and More!

    13. Building the African Business Case… • Presenting Africa to potential international peers, content providers, exchange points as a growing market of 1 Billion+ • European Peering Forum, Euro-IX • Google, Akamai, Yahoo, etc. • European IXPs • Exposing Africa’s “Invisible Eyeballs” • Bringing key players down to Africa • Promote understanding • Facilitate networking • Lots of interest generated!

    14. Advancing the Value and Viability of IXPs in Africa • 24 IXPs in Africa • Not all at the same level of development! • Most current IXPs only between “Level 1 and 2” • We aim to move African IXPs “Up the Curve!” Level 4 Thriving, Critical Infrastructure Level 3 Catalysing Growth Level 2 Core Functionality Level 1 “Boxes and Wires” Level “0” No IXP

    15. Key Elements of ISOC’s Approach • “80% Social Engineering, 20% Technical Engineering” • Promoting understanding of the interconnection “Value Proposition” for operators and government • No WIIFY, No Change • The best world-class knowledge and practices • Africa pays too much because of information asymmetry with the rest of the world. • Engaging a range of stakeholders and hidden “bit drivers”

    16. 2011 Planned ITE Programme Activities • AfPIF-2 Meeting: August, 2011 – Accra, Ghana • Also AfPIF “Tutorial Day” in conjunction with AfNOG/AfriNIC May 2011 Meeting • Baseline Studies and Requested Engagement • African Interconnection “Baseline” Study and Data Collection (Quants Focus) • African Cross-border Interconnection Policies and Regulatory • UNECA Workshop, AUC HIPSSA, RECs • Web-Based Portal to Sustain Capacity Building and Information Sharing • Training materials, information resources, data on the status of African interconnectivity, promoting stories of African successes. (Beta launch aimed for 2011 – afpif.org) • Africa IX “Best Practice Guide” and New Capacity Building Materials • Continued Local Engagement on IXP Development and Improvement • Planned: Malawi, Togo, Lesotho, Mozambique, Senegal and Sierra Leone • Promoting International Collaborations • Euro-IX, Latin American/Caribbean and African Information Exchange

    17. Additional Internet Society Resources • Internet Society Website: http://www.isoc.org • On the USB Drive: • Internet Society Overview • Programme Information • Annual Report • Select ISOC Briefing Papers on Current Internet Topics • Karen Rose: rose@isoc.org • Michuki Mwangi: mwangi@isoc.org • Chris Morris: morris@isoc.org

    18. Opportunities for Partnership and Collaboration? Thank you! For further information please contact: Karen Rose, Director of Strategic Development: rose@isoc.org Michuki Mwangi, Sr. Development Manager - Africa: mwangi@isoc.org Chris Morris, Sr. Development Strategy Manager: morris@isoc.org Dawit Bekele, African Regional Bureau Manager: bekele@isoc.org http://www.isoc.org