Africa Network Operators Group (AfNOG) is a forum for cooperation and the exchange of technical information between operators of Internet-connected networks in Africa. AfNOG organizes events every year since 2000. This  year a two-week workshop will be held in the Gambia and the local host is QCELL.The workshop's instructors are an international team with many years of experience operating large networks and teaching network operations in various institutions.  This workshop is expected to attract about 200 participants from all over Africa. There will be six different tracks of lecture running cuncurrently.

The schedule of the highly talked about network technology.

Unix Boot Camp 6 May 2012 (Sunday)
AfNOG workshop 7-11 May 2012 (Monday - Friday)
CERT Training (AAF/AfREN) 7-12 May 2012 (Monday - Saturday)
AfriNIC RIM (LIR) 12 May 2012 (Saturday)
ISOC Standards Day 12 May 2012 (Saturday)
AfriNIC IPv6 12-13 May 2012 (Saturday - Sunday)
AfricaCERT Cybersecurity Day 13 May 2012 (Sunday)
AfNOG Tutorials 13-14 May 2012 (Sunday - Monday)
AfREN Meeting / AAF 14 May 2012 (Monday)
AfNOG-13 Meeting 15 May 2012 (Moday)
AfriNIC-15 Meeting 16-18 May 2012 (Thursday-Friday)
AfPIF 18 May 2012 (Friday)
AfGWG 18 May 2012 (Friday)

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November 28th to December 2nd 2011 AfNOG, in collaboration with Internet society (ISOC), organized a workshop on UNIX System administration in the Gambia at QuantumNet Institute of technology. Thirty (30) Gambians were trained on UNIX and that gave them the necessary prerequisite skills to take part in the main event slated for May, 2012.

The AfNOG workshop on network technology, scheduled to take place from 6th to 14th of May 2012 in the Gambia, aims to offer advanced training to people who are in the process of developing and enhancing an Internet-connected network with regional and international connectivity. The target audience includes senior and mid-level technical staff of Internet service providers (ISPs), academic networks, government networks, or NGO networks. 

This workshop builds on the experience of previous AfNOG workshops held annually from 2000 to 2011 in twelve different African countries, and also the Internet Society's INET workshops, held annually from 1993 to 2000 at eight locations around the world. The workshop's instructors are an international team with many years of experience operating large networks and teaching network operations in various institutions.

Apart from the workshop there will be international meetings, forums and conferences which will be attended by delegates from different regional internet registries (RIR), research and education communities, international organizations and ICT stakeholders. The meetings include 13th AfNOG Meeting, AfriNIC-16 Meeting, ISOC DAY and Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) Conference and Africa Research and Education Networking (AfREN) / Africa Asia Forum.

The AfriNIC-16 Meeting slated for 16th to 18th may 2012 will be centered on Internet policy discussions. These policies, which describe how Internet Number Resources should be managed and distributed, are developed by the community. The meeting will include tutorials, presentations, update on the various working groups and the AfriNIC Public Policy Meeting. The two day meeting will be preceded by two-day Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) training. The meeting will focus on the IPv6 protocol and its deployment, especially in Africa and the issue of the exhaustion of the IPv4 pool of address space. There will be an opportunity to discuss the challenges which Africa faces with IPv4 address space exhaustion.

Benefits expected to be gained from the events includes:

·         a critical mass of trainers and professionals will be trained in network infrastructure and services to be able to support an extension of Internet-related activities within the institutions and countries represented.

·         individual and institutional contacts may be identified and shared as well as information sources that will assist the process of national development, using international Internet connections.

·         people and groups of people will be trained who will return to their institutions and who will teach others what they have learned at the workshop.

·         strong professional linkages between all participants in the programs may be built so that the mentor-student and colleague-colleague relationships formed during the workshop and conferences will remain strong and of continuing usefulness well beyond the workshop and conference.

In preparation for the events a four-member delegation arrived in the Gambia on the 15th of January on a five day visit. They met with the local organizing committee (LOC), made logistics arrangements and also met with stakeholders mainly to maximize local participation. It is expected that the stakeholders will mobilize and make funds available to take advantage of hosting the event. For the international participants the fee is $2000, while local participation cost $800.  Host countries usually take advantage of the relatively low cost to ensure maximum local participation.  During the 2011 workshop, held in Tanzania, sixty Tanzanians (60) were sponsored locally out of the one hundred and forty (140) total participants. This achievement was the result of joint cooperation between the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) and the Tanzania Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology.


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