Forum explores African interconnection agenda

March 30, 2016 9:53 am25 commentsViews: 7

Forum explores African interconnection agendaDAR ES SALAAM, (CAJ News) – STAKEHOLDERS in the industry will later this year converge in Tanzania for the annual Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF).

The Internet Society, the global organisation, has partnered with the Tanzania Internet Service Providers Association (TISPA) to hold the seventh annual edition in the country’s capital, Dar-es-Salaam, August 30- September 1.

The event will bring together key players to address the opportunities in interconnection, peering and traffic exchange on the continent.

“Internet connectivity in Africa has increased over the last few years delivering access to close to a third of the population on the continent. Improving interconnection and traffic exchange has become even more important today as an increasing number of Africans rely on the Internet in their daily lives,” explained Dawit Bekele, Regional Director for Africa of the Internet Society.

Internet connectivity in Africa has increased over the last few years delivering access to close to a third of the population on the continent.

Vinay Choudary, chairman of TISPA, said the organisation remained committed to advancing and protecting the interests of its members while promoting the advancement of the internet sector.
“We believe by working with AfPIF to host this auspicious event in August will be one leap forward for Tanzania in terms of network optimization,”  he said.

AfPIF has previously been held in Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Morocco, Senegal and Mozambique.

Last year’s event in Mozambique featured 232 participants from 57 countries and an online participation of 978 people in 77 different countries.

The Internet Society aims to advance the African interconnection agenda at AfPIF-2016, in line with the vision to achieve 80 percent local and 20 percent international Internet traffic by the year 2020.

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