AFRINIC, the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa, held its 23rd Internet meeting in Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo, from 28 November to 4 December 2015, at the Hotel Azur Le Gilbert’s.

Typically, AFRINIC holds two open public policy meetings annually in various locations throughout its service region. The meetings provide a unique opportunity for Internet-related individuals and organisations to gather to discuss the policies governing Internet number resource distribution in the African region, to share technical knowledge, and to attend workshops and tutorials.

The 23rd meeting was hosted by ARPCE, the Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Posts, the Authority responsible for controlling, monitoring and regulating the Posts and Electronic Communications sectors in Congo.

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Some of the key hands on training courses and workshops that attracted participants and AFRINIC fellows alike included

  • IPv6
  • Internet Number Resource Management (INRM)
  • Cyber security

Looking Back Forward

Since its founding ten years ago, AFRINIC’s responsibility has been to oversee the distribution, and management of Internet number resources (IPv4, IPv6 and ASNs), throughout the African continent.

The Region’s Internet Registry prides itself in achieving tremendous milestones. As of 30th November 2015, AFRINIC boasted of over 1,200 members in 54 countries, 12 of whom are from the Republic of Congo.

As far as resource allocation is concerned, over 70 Million /32 IPv4 addresses have been issued since 2005. 3,1 million /32 IPv4 addresses were issued in the first quarter of 2015.

2,74 /8 IPv4 were available as at Q1 of 2015. Additionally, more than 1,100 ASN have been issued since 2005, with over 430 Members having IPv6 prefixes. Of these IPv6 prefixes, 51 out of 56 (91%) have been allocated to African countries.

In terms of capacity building, 2014 saw the training of (INRM & IPv6) for 353 engineers and managers during eleven training workshops held in nine different countries.

Another epoch has been that of ISO Certification, where AFRINIC successfully passed through the Surveillance Audit held on 17th and 18th November 2015.

IANA Stewardship Transition

The IANA stewardship transition on the status of ICANN was initiated by the National Telecommunication and Information Administration’s (NTIA’s) announcement in March 2014.

Following this announcement, on 15th January 2015, the Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) team submitted AFRINIC community’s proposal to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG).

This move was geared at ensuring that Africa’s unique needs are taken into consideration.
Due to constraints, the IANA transition phase that was highly anticipated to complete by 30th September 2015 has since been pushed forward to September 2016, with options to extend the contract for up to three additional years if need be.

ICANN Strategic Partnership

AFRINIC has maintained cooperation and a steady relationship with ICANN, the main Internet governance institution whose responsibility is to manage the core Internet infrastructure, which consists of IP addresses, domain names, and root servers.

During the week long intensive meeting, ICANN conducted a session to brief participants and Internet community members of its Africa Strategy (2016-2020).

This captivating session was facilitated by ICANN staff Mr. Yaovi Atohoun and Mr. Bob Ochieng.

Forging Ahead

AFRINIC-24 will be held in Gaborone, Botswana alongside the Africa Internet Summit (AIS’16), from 4th to 10th June 2016.

This will be yet another chance for Internet stake-holders to discuss the policies governing Internet number resource distribution in the quest to foster Internet development in the region.

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