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The African Network Operators’ Group 11 Years of Building Africa’s Capacity. 5 th African ccTLD Event, Accra Ghana 18–22 April 2011. Agenda. Objectives A Brief History Communication Mechanisms Participant Background Challenges Achievements Acknowledgements. Objectives.

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The African Network Operators’ Group

    • 11 Years of Building Africa’s Capacity
  • 5th African ccTLD Event, Accra Ghana
  • 18–22 April 2011
  • Objectives
  • A Brief History
  • Communication Mechanisms
  • Participant Background
  • Challenges
  • Achievements
  • Acknowledgements
  • AfNOG is a forum for technical coordination and cooperation among African Internet service providers and network operators
  • The aim is to build a community of engineers to help each other operating Internet Infrastructure in Africa, and on the Global Internet.
objectives contd
Objectives ( contd. )‏
  • To train people and groups of people who will return to their country and region and who will teach others what they have learned at the workshop.
  • To build links between all participants so that the peer-to-peer relationships formed during the workshop and conferences will remain strong well beyond the workshop and conference.
brief history
Brief History
  • Founded in 1999
  • First meeting in Cape Town, 2000
  • Since then, annual Workshop & meetings at:

Hosts Host Countries Year

Cequrux Cape Town, South Africa 2000

NCS Accra, Ghana 2001

TRS/CAFE Lome, Togo 2002

One2Net Kampala, Uganda 2003

ISOC Senegal Dakar, Senegal 2004

MICTI/CIUEM Maputo, Mozambique 2005

KENIC/KENET Nairobi, Kenya 2006

NgForum Abuja, Nigeria 2007

EMI / CNRST Rabat, Morocco 2008

NTRA/MCIT Cairo, Egypt 2009

RDB/RICTA Kigali, Rwanda 2010

  • AfNOG-12 and AfriNIC-14: May 29 –10 June, 2011
  • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
brief history contd
Brief History ( contd. )‏
  • Each meeting consists of:
    • Technical sessions (AfNOG Tutorial and Meeting)‏
    • Hands-on workshop training
  • Workshop traces roots to the ISOC's annual INET Network Training Workshop model
current workshops at afnog
Current Workshops at AfNOG
  • Track SA-E: Unix System Administration
  • Track SS-E: Scalable Internet Services
  • Track SI-E: Scalable Network Infrastructure

Language Diversity introduced in 2008

  • Track SI-F: Infrastructure Reseaux IP (Atelier SI-E en Français)
afnog track e0 localization program
AfNOG “Track E0” Localization Program
  • A collaboration between ISOC, NSRC and AfNOG
  • Project aimed at migrating the “AfNOG Track E0” Unix/Linux System Administration Course to be taught at country level.
  • Instituted in 2008 and has been run in several  African countries  since.
  • Track E0 now SA-E will no longer be taught at AfNOG
new workshop tracks
New Workshop Tracks
  • To be started at AfNOG 12 Workshops in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in May/June 2011
    • Network Monitoring & Management
    • Advanced Routing Techniques
    •  Computer Emergency Response Team

Participants Background

  • Internet Service Providers
  • Telco Operators
  • Government
  • NGOs
  • Educational & Research Institutions
communication mechanisms
Communication mechanisms
  • (Annual) Workshop & Meeting
  • Mailing list:
  • Websites:
  • Identifying next years localhost‏
  • Timely preparation for the event
  • Catering for language diversity
  • Funding for workshops & meetings
  • Logistics: People & Equipment
  • Ensuring continuity
  • Workshops & Meetings
  • Outreach
phea capacity building project
PHEA Capacity Building Project


  • To strengthen the network management skills of campus operators
  • Institutionalize capacity-building
  • Workshops are modularly designed to enable each campus to get a fit for its needs.
  • Training program was for 12 PHEA-supported institutions in the Bandwidth Consortium (BWC)
phea capacity building project1
PHEA Capacity Building Project

Expected Outcome

  • Trained staff (36 staff) in planning and managing campus network infrastructure, campus network services and academic network applications
  • Each campus developing its own information resources serving its community
  • Campus Operator Groups as support forum are strengthened (where they exist) or seeded where none exist, with the campuses cooperating to support each other
afnog chix program
AfNOG Chix Program
  • Our Gender Program on Unix Systems Administration for female Network Engineers. 
  • Has been held in 4 countries
    • March 2007 – Nairobi, Kenya
    • Oct 2008 – Accra, Ghana
    • Oct 2009 -  Gaborone Botswana
    • Oct 2010  - Nairobi, Kenya
  • Built community of African Network Operators helping themselves with challenges (African & Globally)‏
  • Eleven workshops & meetings in 11 different countries covering Four sub-regions
    • Countries represented include Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo Republic, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo Republic, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Gabon, Kenya, Liberia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Sudan, Somalia, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
  • Trained over 2,300 Internet engineers
    • Many from Educational and research institutions and govt
  • Former students are now instructors
    • Building new curriculum based on needs in the African region
    • New tracks progressively added to cater for training needs
  • Very successful and active Mailing list.
  • Provided meeting space to other ICT related meetings
    • AFTLD
    • AFREN