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 [04/01/2010] Call for Presentation and Tutorials for AfriNIC-14

AfriNIC-12 Public Policy Meeting  
Call for Presentations and Tutorials, Kigali – Rwanda
29 May to 4 June 2010 – Kigali, Rwanda
"Call for Presentations and Tutorials" period is open for the AfriNIC-12 Public Policy
meeting to be held in Kigali, Rwanda 29 May to 4 June 2010. Take an active role in AfriNIC-
12 by joining other presenters in delivering tools, knowledge, know-how and policy ideas
related to Internet Protocol and its Number Resources Management to participants. 
If you are interested in presenting:
How to submit:
Please review all information included on this page before submitting your proposal. If you
would like to make a presentation or tutorial proposal, it must be received no later than the
5th March 2010 and must be sent to meeting[at]
Your proposal should contain the following information: 
•  Full Name
•  Email Address 
•  Affiliation 
•  Short biography 
•  Title of Talk 
•  A detailed abstract or outline describing the presentation 
•  Draft slides for the presentation (if ready/available) 
•  Length of talk (minutes/hours/days) 
•  Need (or not) for sponsorship or assistance to attend the meeting (travel and/or ac
  commodation, etc) 
•  Presentations may cover the following topics: IPv6 deployment, Security, IDN,
Mobile & IP, Anti-Spam 
•  Presentations will be fifteen (15) to thirty (30) minutes in length.
•  AfriNIC will provide the space, tea/lunch breaks and projector equipment. 
•  Presenters will be responsible for any handouts. Typically there are approximately
100-150 delegates. 
•  All presentations will be delivered with the highest professionalism to maximize the
value obtained by the attendee. Any selling (perceived or overt) during the session is
deemed unprofessional and is not acceptable. 
•  Selection decisions will be made by the Meeting Coordination team. 
•  Selected presenters will be contacted by the Events Coordinator to coordinate
logistics and details. 
•  Each presentation will be submitted in PowerPoint or PDF by the presenter(s)
approximately 2 weeks prior to the event date. 
The audience at AfriNIC meetings is mainly composed of technical network operators and
engineers with a wide range of experience levels from beginners to seasoned professionals.
*** Presentations that contain any sort of marketing and commercial content are usually not
encouraged at such meetings.



[04/01/10] AfriNIC-12 Public Policy Meeting - Open Call for Applications for Fellowships
29 May to 4 June 2010 – Kigali, Rwanda
AfriNIC is offering fellowships to attend AfriNIC-12 Public Policy Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda. The
fellowship is reserved for individuals representing small organizations, universities, and journalists
who are actively involved in Internet development in the African Region or ICT Policy in their
countries and the community, who can positively and actively contribute to IP address management
awareness in the AfriNIC region of service.
Upon selection of the fellows, AfriNIC will notify the selected fellows directly and allow the fellow 7
days to reply with an acceptance of the fellowship. Public announcement of the fellowship winners
will be made after the acceptance by the winners. 
The fellowship includes: assistance with roundtrip airfare to the meeting venue, hotel accommodates
for the AfriNIC event, from the night before the beginning of the AfriNIC event to the last day of the
Personal details:
Name of Participant:
Name of Organisation: 
Is your organization an LIR?
Your position in the Organisation: 
Physical Address: 
Passport Number: 
Country and City of residence: 
Cost of ticket from your residence city to Kigali:
How much are you willing to contribute towards the fellowship? 
General Questions:
** Your answers to the questions below will determine your eligibility for the fellowship
1.  Which Internet related meetings (inc. AfriNIC meetings) have you attended in the past?
Please give details of events and dates.
2.  What has been or is your contribution in your Country/Africa in relation to the ICT field?
Please give details of events and dates.
3.  How are you planning to share with your community what you will learn from the AfriNIC-
12 meeting? 
Other requirements from the fellows:
To attend and participate in events as outlined in the agenda and complete a survey of the
meeting events;
To provide a meeting/attendance report within 15 days after the last day of the meeting; 
The fellows are required to give a follow-up report to AfriNIC prior to the following meeting
on how the meeting benefited personally and how they were able to transfer the knowledge
received at the meeting to their respective communities, as well as any ICT related projects
for which they are involved.
Ensuring requirements for entry into Rwanda are met at least 1 month prior to the first date of
the event, such as, obtaining passport and visa.


[04/01/10] Call for Proposals AfriNIC-13 Public Policy Meeting 

AfriNIC is hereby seeking potential organisations that would be willing to host the AfriNIC-13 Public Policy Meeting. The tentative date for AfriNIC-13 is from 20 November to 26 November 2010.

Interested parties will find more information regarding the hosting requirements below where the Call for Proposal and Budget information is available.

1. Call for Proposal

2. Budget Information

The parties should provide the maximum information regarding the hosting.

A site visit will be planned six months prior to the event when the meeting will be held to finalise all details pertaining to the hosting of the AfriNIC meeting in that location.

You can also directly contact the meeting team on "meeting[at]" should you require any additional information.


[05/01/10] AfriNIC News Issue 10 is available online


[20/01/10] Press Release - African Inter-governmental Coordination and Coorperation for a Safer Internet

"African Inter-Governmental Coordination and Cooperation for a Safer Internet"

Challenges related to cyber crime and Internet security pose a serious threat to the confidence and progress of Internet service worldwide including in Africa. Therefore, AfriNIC is advocating increased communications and coordination with the National Regulatory Authorities, governments, policy makers and the technical community to improve confidence and trust in the cyberspace.

"African Inter-Governmental Coordination and Cooperation for a Safer Internet" is the theme at the AfriNIC Government Working Group – Law Enforcement Event that is scheduled to take place 25 – 26 January 2010, at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Cyber City, Mauritius.

During this two-day event that is closed to government officials who are responsible for law enforcement and cyber security, participants will discuss: current challenges with Internet-related crimes; steps being taken by law enforcement agencies; ways in which these challenges manifest in their respective countries and potential efforts to combat such challenges; ideas to promote security by facilitating global cooperation and coordination; insight into the Internet Ecosystem and its governance; National CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team) Programs implemented in the African region; and, how government agencies can participate in the policy development process to ensure their voices are heard regarding Internet protection issues.

"We are looking forward to this very important opportunity to exchange with government law enforcement agencies in our region. Creating strong alliances and sharing information between governments is a step in the right direction to achieving a more secure and safer Internet and AfriNIC is committed to continuing its efforts to facilitate such initiatives" stated Mr. Adiel Akplogan, CEO, AfriNIC.

Government officials representing various countries in the African region will attend this event, as well as the US Department of Justice, Council of Europe, ICANN/IANA, and other RIR organisations.

The African Network Information Center (AfriNIC) is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa, responsible for the distribution and management of Internet number resources throughout the African region.


[05/02/10] Post AfGWG Le Event Press Release

Cybercrime and security is a growing concern, a priority, and hot topic today for law enforcement as well as the Internet technical community. Realising the importance of collectively addressing this issue, AfriNIC has established the AfriNIC Government Working Group (AfGWG) initiative with the first round table for Law Enforcement Agencies on the theme of "African Inter-Governmental Coordination and Cooperation for a Safer Internet" which took place 25 – 26 January 2010, at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Cyber City, Mauritius. There were thirty-five (35) delegates from eleven (11) countries representing government officials who are responsible for law enforcement and cyber security in Africa, the Council of Europe, the US Department of Justice/Federal Bureau of Investigations, ICANN/IANA, and other RIR organisations. QCC Information Security Ltd (Mauritius) was a sponsor of the social event.

This event is the first step in AfriNIC’s strategy to improve its cooperation and support to governments in their quest to better understand the Internet governance ecosystem and positively contribute to policy discussions and matters that are of their interest. "If we want the Internet to be a safer place for business and a tool that can foster Socio-Economical Development in Africa, we need to better understand the Economics of the Internet and create a broad and participative cooperation where each party and stakeholder play their role for efficient policies and collaborative frameworks to fight cybercrime," said Mr. Adiel Akplogan the CEO of AfriNIC.

During this two-day event, the participants discussed current challenges with Internet-related crimes; steps being taken by law enforcement agencies; ways in which these challenges manifest in their respective countries and potential efforts to combat such challenges; ideas to promote security by facilitating global cooperation and coordination; insight into the Internet Ecosystem and its governance; how cooperating with existing organisations such as AfriNIC can impact the work of Law Enforcement Agencies; and, National CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team) Programs implemented in the African region.

Feedback from most of the participants was very positive, such as from Mrs. Farida Waziri, Chairperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nigeria, who stated, " It has been very informative. Glad to be in Mauritius, though it was a technical meeting, I have been able to pick and learn many things. I am concerned about the level of crime in Nigeria and this kind of meeting will help me takeaway information for my country and try building training in the very near future. This event really met our expectations and that is why I stayed one more day."

The exchange of information and ideas proved to be very useful to the participants as expressed by Mrs. Pierrette Djossou Amoussou, Telecommunications Engineer, Benin’s Posts & Telecommunications Transitory Regulatory Authority, who stated, " This was a well organized event, the content was very interesting and we received desired information. We have gathered interesting information on cyber crimes and different issues from other countries. We are much concerned about cyber crimes and we will make sure that the necessary actions are taken at our level in Benin."

The outcome of the meeting was to continue to strengthen the AfGWG and hold subsequent meetings in other African regions; to include legal entities and create a legal framework; involve universities and the younger generation in cyber crime and law enforcement efforts; and to establish a single repository for cybercrime and security in the African region. The next AfGWG Cyber Crime/Law Enforcement event will take place in November 2010 at the 13th AfriNIC Public Policy meeting.

AfriNIC has created an open mailing list for the exchange of cyber security information at Presentations from this event are available at


[09/03/10] Call for Hosting of AfriNIC-13

AfriNIC is hereby seeking potential organisations that would be willing to host the AfriNIC-13 Public Policy Meeting. The tentative date for AfriNIC-13 is from 20 November to 26 November 2010.

Interested parties will find more information regarding the hosting requirements below where the Call for Proposal and Budget information is available.

1. Call for Proposal

2. Budget Information

The parties should provide the maximum information regarding the hosting.

A site visit will be planned six months prior to the event when the meeting will be held to finalise all details pertaining to the hosting of the AfriNIC meeting in that location.

You can also directly contact the meeting team on "meeting[at]" should you require any additional information.


[20/01/10] Press release: African inter-governmental coordination and cooperation for a safer Internet


"Strengthening the Internet Infrastructure for Research & Education "

In recognition of the invaluable potential of Research and Education Institutions in the African region and to further Internet development processes, the Association of African Universities (AAU) and the African Network Information Centre (AfriNIC), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support the membership cost of registration for Internet Protocol (IP) resources through AfriNIC. In this agreement, which is now effective, the AAU will cover the remaining 50% of the setup and first year membership fees (up to a maximum of $5,000 USD per member) for eligible African Academic and Research institutions, as well as Research and Education Networks (RENs) that request IP address resources. These members will then have to make provisions for subsequent year membership fees.

"IP address allocations must be considered critical for universities’ infrastructure in order to improve inter-campus communications as well as increase information sharing for a productive and efficient use of the Internet as a learning tool and for research and development" says Dr. Boubakar Barry, Coordinator, Research and Education Networking Unit, AAU.

This incentive builds on the already existing and permanent benefit that AAU members and other African educational and research institutions enjoy, which is a 50% discount offered by AfriNIC for their annual membership fees for IP Number resource allocations or assignments.

"This new agreement between AAU and AfriNIC is expected to make African universities and academic institutions more visible on the Internet as they can significantly decrease the use of NAT by using publicly routable IP address. Currently, many universities have hundreds of computers and thousands of student devices behind Network or Port Address Translation (NAT/PAT). Universities in our region should lead our effort to fight the myth of NAT and restore the Internet's end-to-end paradigm. Deploying an infrastructure based on public IP addresses is also a key factor for a smooth transition to IPv6 in such a campus environment" says Mr. Adiel Akplogan, CEO, AfriNIC.

The AAU and AfriNIC wish to thank TENET and its FRENIA program for providing the first grant that allowed the start of this initiative. There are more ongoing discussions to increasing AfriNIC’s training activities within academic institutions. Currently, only 18 countries in the African region have at least one university that has its own assignment/allocation. Additionally, allocations to Education Networks represents six percent (6%) of the total allocation in the African region, with South Africa having 82% of these (most of which are legacy assignments), followed by Kenya and Mozambique, both having four percent (4%), then Egypt with three percent (3%).

For further information please contact renu[at] and/or contact[at] Additional information on the application process can be obtained at:

Additional information about benefits of becoming an AfriNIC member or about the incentives for universities and academic institutions can be found at

AAU is the apex organisation and forum for consultation, exchange of information and cooperation among institutions of higher education in Africa. For additional information, visit

The African Network Information Center (AfriNIC) is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa, responsible for the distribution and management of Internet number resources throughout the African region.



[29/04/10] Nomination open for AfriNIC Board of Directors seats - 29 April 2010

As per AfriNIC’s Bylaws (Section 11), two (2) seats on AfriNIC Board of Directors will be open for election:

A) Seat 1: The Northern African sub-region (Primary and Alternate) Mandate: 2010 to 2013

B) Seat 4: The Western African sub-region (Primary and Alternate) Mandate: 2010 to 2013

We are pleased to invite nominations to fill in the above seats.

Who can be nominated to seat on the Board?

Any natural person residing in one of the above sub-regions. Self-nominations are also acceptable but need to be endorsed by two persons.

Nominees should demonstrate a good experience in the Internet Protocol Service/ Business or hold a position in this field (such as Board member or holding a senior position in an Internet related organisation), be able to actively participate and contribute to all activities conferred to the Board of Directors by the AfriNIC bylaws

(Section 13,

The candidates should have a good comprehension of the English language (the working language of the Board).

Nominations should be sent to nomcom2010[at] with the following information:

1: Candidate Information

  • Nominated by (full name):
  • Nominee (Full name):
  • Organisation (or affiliation):
  • Position: Physical address:
  • e-mail address:
  • Phone number:
  • Fax number:
  • Country of Residence:
  • Sub-region nominated for:


  • 1. (Name, e-mail address, Organisation)
  • 2. (Name, e-mail address, Organisation)

2: Brief statement explaining the candidate's background and motivation (in English, and not more than 500). Please highlight what expertise and experience you will bring to the Organisation in general and to the board in particular. [ A copy of the candidate’s CV (in English preferably), should also be attached ]

The deadline for nominations is Thursday 13 May 2010 at 20:00 UTC.

For more information or clarification on the Election process you can contact us at members-contact[at]

Note: It is highly expected from candidates to attend the AfriNIC-12 meeting in person on the Election Day (03 June 2010).

More about AfriNIC and the election process is available at


[30/04/10] Nominations open for 2 PDP-MG chairs

AfriNIC is seeking nominations for two (2) positions in the the Policy Development Process-Moderator Group (PDP-MG).

The PDP-MG is a group of volunteers elected by the community as per the current Policy Development Process (PDP) with the responsibility to:

  • Conduct policy discussions during public meetings
  • moderate discussions on the the Resource Policy Discuss mailing list
  • Report on Policy development matters to the Board.
  • Evaluate consensus on policy discussions both online and at face to face meetings
  • Recommend the creation of a special working Groups on the Resource Policy Discussion List

Nominated candidates must be from the AfriNIC community but not members of AfriNIC staff. Candidates can be nominated by anyone, excluding AfriNIC or other RIRs staff, and must permanently reside in a country within the AfriNIC service Region.

To nominate a candidate to be elected at the open position, please send an email to the Nomination and Election committee (nomcom2010[at] with the following information:

(a) Information of the Nominee:

  • Nominee (Full Name):
  • Organisation name (or Affiliation):
  • Position:
  • E-mail address:
  • Postal/Physical address:
  • Phone number:
  • Country of residence:
  • Brief Bio with a highlight of how the Nominee intends to contribute to the PDP-MG in particular and the Region's Policy Development Process (PDP) in General (not more than 500 words):

(b) Information of the Nominator:

  • Nominator’s Name:
  • Organization:
  • E-mail address:
  • Motivation for nomination:

If self-nominated, indicate "self" in section (b) above.

You can find out more about the AfriNIC Policy Development Process at:

The nomination deadline is Saturday 15 May 2010 at 12:00 UTC.


[10/05/10] IPv6 podcasts available from ICAAN


[14/05/10] Nomination for AfriNIC Board of Directors seats is now closed


The AfriNIC NomCom 2010 has received a number of nominations for the Board Election to be held in Kigali on 3rd of June, 2010.  It is our pleasure to inform you of the following slate of candidates:

For North Africa Region:

  • Khaled Koubaa from Tunisia
  • Nezar N. Sami from Egypt

For West Africa Region:

  • Alioune Badara Traore from Mali
  • Katim Seringe Touray from Gambia
  • Mouhamet Diop from Senegal
  • Ndeye Maimouna Diop Diagne from Senegal
  • Obinna Nweje from Nigeria
  • Yen Choi from Nigeria

This list of candidates, their statements and a chance to support their candidacies via comments is online at until May 31st

Many thanks to all for offering your time and efforts to AfriNIC as candidates for the Board of Directors.

Timothy McGuiness
Chair, AfriNIC NomCom 2010

[19/05/10] AfriNIC is pleased to avail a new RSA-draft for comments

The Board of Directors in consultation with the AfriNIC legal counsel have availed this first draft that incorporates feedback (to the current RSA) collected from our members over the past few years. It will be presented and discussed at the upcoming AfriNIC-12 public policy meeting in Kigali, Rwanda on Thursday 3 June 2010.


Comment period is open for 30 days. Please send your comments to legal[at] by 18 June 2010


[17/05/10] 2010 BOD election slate of candidates announced

As a result of the Board Elections that took place during the AfriNIC-12 Public Member & Policy meeting on Thursday 03 June 2010, we are pleased to announce the election of the following candidates to the AfriNIC Board:

  1. Mr. Nezar N. Sami (Egypt) and Mr. Khaled Koubaa (Tunisia) respectively as Primary and Alternate Directors from the Northern Africa region.
  2. Mrs. Ndeye Maimouna Diop Diagne (Senegal) and Mr. Alioune B. Traore (Mali) respectively as Primary and Alternate Directors from the Western Africa region.

The terms of the newly elected Board members start on 01 July 2010 and for a three-year period.

Congratulations to the newly elected Board Members and we wish them success in their new position.

On behalf of the 2010 Election Committee, we would like to thank all the other candidates that stood for this election for their interest in serving the community.

Finally our sincere appreciation goes to the Elections Committee and its Chair for their good job in coordinating the whole process.

For more details about the AfriNIC BOD, please click here

Adiel A. Akplogan
Chief Executive Officer




[11/06/10] Press release."A Successful AfriNIC-12 and a Memorable Celebration of
AfriNIC`s 5th Year of Operation"

The African Network Information Center (AfriNIC), held its 12th Public Policy Meeting, 2-3 June 2010 at the Serena Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda, with an occasion to celebrate its 5th Year of successful Operations since its accreditation as the 5th Regional Internet Registry. The meeting opened with 170 delegates from more than 40 countries in Africa and other parts of the world. The keynote address given by the Honorable Dr. Ignace Gatare, Rwanda Minister of ICT, set the scene by listing the challenges that the region faces in terms Internet development and the important role that all stakeholders must play.

The first day of the AfriNIC-12 meeting closed with a panel discussion on what should be AfriNIC’s orientation in the coming years, with panelists who were involved in the initial planning phases of AfriNIC, including a distinguished guest, Mr. Vinton Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google and who also known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet."

The major outcomes of the Public Policy Discussions were the acceptance of two policy proposals: the IPv4 Softlanding and the Policy Development on the AfriNIC Service Region (to revise the current Policy Development Process) with a few amendments required for both proposals and the review of the Policy Development Process. However, the Abuse Contact Information Policy Proposal did not have consensus for acceptance and will therefore be returned to the community for further discussion. Other key presentations and discussions during the meeting included Internet Security, use of IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) based network in the healthcare industry, AfriNIC`s project to deploy a Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) in the African Region, the discussion to organise an African Body to coordinate the setup of CERT in the region, and updates from other Internet Governing bodies such as Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and the Number Resource Organisation (NRO). "This is one of the most vibrant AfriNIC meetings since its setup and it clearly shows how the community is becoming more knowledgeable about Internet development and policy related issues in our region" says Adiel Akplogan the CEO of AfriNIC.

The AfriNIC Board Elections was also held during the meeting to allow members to vote on the appointment of four new Board members. The winners were: Kaled Koubaa and Nezar Sami for the North Africa Region and Maimouna Diop and Alioune B. Traore from the West Africa Region.

The event was held jointly with the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG), the African Research and Education Network (AfREN), the African-Asian Forum (AAF), the AfriNIC Government Working Group (AfGWG) and the Internet Society (ISOC). Therefore, many workshops and tutorials preceded the AfriNIC-12 meeting, including AfriNIC's IPv6 and Number Resource Management Training workshops.

During the social dinner and in celebration of its 5th Year of Operation, AfriNIC held an Awards Ceremony where corporate awards were given to key supporters of AfriNIC. There was also an AfriNIC Football Tournament and the jerseys and trainers used were donated to a local football association in Kigali. The local hosts for this event were the Rwanda Development Board and the Rwanda ICT Association and sponsors included Afilias, Internet Society, MTN-Rwanda, Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Rwandatel, Network Startup Resource Center, Altech, Artel, bit Internet Technology, Computer Point, and NFT Consult Ltd.

Presentations from this event are available at

AfriNIC’s 13th Public Policy meeting will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, 20 - 26 November 2010 and we would like to extend a warm invitation to the community to attend and participate.

The African Network Information Center (AfriNIC) is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa, responsible for the distribution and management of Internet number resources throughout the African region.


[25/06/10] Move of AfriNIC headquarters

On 25th June at 0900UTC and throughout the following weekend, AfriNIC will be leaving our current 5 year old home at the Mauritius Cybertower, and moving into a newer, modern, and more spacious environment. We hope to be fully settled and operational in the new facility by 28th June 2010.

During this time and perhaps for a day or two after, there may be delays responding to email and possible telephony and fax interruptions. We apologise in advance for these, and assure you that we have done all that we can to minimise delays in our operation.

Public services (DNS, whois, mailing-lists, etc) will not be affected.

Please direct any queries to contact[at]  


[25/06/10] New addess for AfriNIC headquarters

The AfriNIC Headquarters will relocate to the Raffles Tower as from 28 June 2010. The new address will be as follows:

11th floor
Raffles Tower
Lot 19, Cybercity

Please direct any queries to contact[at]


[10/08/10] AfriNIC-13 Johanesburg 20-26 November 2010

We are pleased to announce that the AfriNIC-13 Public Policy Meeting will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 20-26 November 2010.

During the meeting we will hear from professionals in our region operating Internet services and infrastructure, and also welcome global industry partners to contribute to topical issues related to IP networking that affect the African region. These will include updates on IPv6 deployment in all sectors, Internet Numbers Resources management policies under discussion in the AfriNIC region, as well as an update on policy development in the global arena. AfriNIC will also host its Government Working Group meeting and a Law Enforcement Workshop on 24 November.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on workshops in IPv6 for Network Operators; a 3 day Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) workshop for trainers, and a one day discussion on CERT for managers and policy makers.

You are warmly invited to join us at, and to share experiences and knowledge with Internet experts from the AfriNIC region, and from around the world who will be present at this event.

If you are interested in making presentations, or offering tutorials, and/or technical demonstrations during the AfriNIC-13 meeting you will find related information at:

All submissions should be sent to meeting at before 20 September.

General information about the AfriNIC-13 meeting can be found on the meeting website at:

Registration for the meeting will open on 1 September 2010.

We wish to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and confidence in AfriNIC, and we look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues to South Africa and to another successful AfriNIC meeting.


[17/08/10] Call for presentation proposals for AfriNIC-15


[27/09/10] Registration open until 5 November


[18/10/10] Nomination for NRO-NC/ASO-AC. Elections accpted until 16 October 2010

[18/10/10] ITU Plenipotentiary

AfriNIC, a sector member of the ITU is present at the tenth ITU Plenipotentiary (PP10) taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Plenipot represents the ITU's highest authoritative body, drawing participants from governments, the private sector, and regional and international organizations and determines the ITU’s policy and strategic direction for the next four years. The event began on 4 October and is scheduled to end on 22 October. PP-10 is focussed predominantly on issues associated with the management of the ITU, but there are also discussions on issues of particular interest to RIR community. 

In particular, there has been increasing interest from the ITU and some Member States in the management and distribution of Internet number resources. This includes the distribution of IPv4 and IPv6 addresses and Autonomous System (AS) Numbers, and ensuring that the shift to IPv6 does not disadvantage the developing world. These discussions are directly relevant for AfriNICs strategic focus as Africa represents the last frontier in terms of IPv4 depletion and the deployment of IPv6. As part of the strategy to address this, AfriNIC continues to actively deploy IPv6 training across the region, enging in discussion with government to understand their needs, as well as dedicating more resources to manage its IPv6 program.

There is also a proposal to expand the ITU's role in Internet Governance and management which has resulted in great debates with clear differences of opinion between different Member States in particular between the Developed and some deloping countires. For example, Resolution (Res.) 102, "ITU's role with regard to international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet and the management of Internet resources, including domain names and addresses", now sits with an ad hoc group where its being debated by Member States.

AfriNIC has identified the need to further improve on its engagements with governements and their regulators. As a result of this there wil be the second meeting of the AfriNIC government working group scheduled for the 26 of November, in Johannesburg, South Africa during AfriNIC-13. For more information on the AfGWGplease email afgwg[at]

The subject of globalcyber-security is also high on the agenda, as well as the broad topic of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). AfriNIC as part of AfriNIC-13 will be hosting a workshop for Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) for Engineers and also for Managers and Policy maker along with another workshop for Law Enforcement Agencies in Africa working on the issues of cybersecurity and safety.

AfriNIC at PP 10 has been and continues to engage with African delegates at the session formally via active participation in the daily African Group meetings as well as informally engaging with governments to address concerns and common interests with regards to our work as the regional Internet registry.

Other resolutions of note at the PP 10 include:

  • Res. 101 (IP Networks) Res. 130 (Cybersecurity)
  • Res. 140 (ITU’s role in implementing the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society)
  • Res. 146 (Review of the International Telecommunication Regulations focus on its possible expansion to include the Internet)
  • Res. 149 (Study of definitions and terminology relating to building confidence and security in the use of information and communication technologies where the focus is on defining ICTs)

The entire list of documents under discussion can be viewed at PP-10: Documents and proposals. Please note, however, that these documents are only accessible to ITU members.

AfriNIC, APNIC, ARIN, and LACNIC are also present at the PP10 and are actively engaging with governments on these resolutions and will keep the RIR community updated.

Webcasts from the main meeting sessions are also available and archived at PP-10 webcast. There are also two key Twitter hashtags in use to follow what's happening: #PP10 and #adhocInternet.

About the ITU

The ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology issues, and the global focal point for governments and the private sector in developing networks and services. The ITU’s membership includes 192 Member States and more than 700 Sector Members and Associates. Four out of the five RIRs are sector D members.


[22/10/10] AfriNIC to hold Internet Governance and Traning events in Khartoum, Sudan 

The African Network Information Center (AfriNIC) in conjunction with the National Telecoms Corporation (NTC) of Sudan are organising a four day event that includes training and concludes with a one round table to discuss the issues, challenges and opportunities of growing Internet Technology in Sudan.

The event will start with workshops on IP Address management and IPv6 for network engineers on the 1st to 3rd of November and culminate in a mini round table on Internet governance and how various stakeholders in Sudan can better leverage Internet Technology for development.

The agenda for the event is as follows:

1st Nov. 2010 - LIR Training
2nd - 3rd Nov. 2010 - IPv6 Training


[28/10/10] AfriNIC fellowship winners

AfriNIC is pleased to announced that the fellowship selection process is now complete and the following five applicants (from 34 applications received) were selected to receive a fellowship to attend the AfriNIC-13 Public Policy Meeting which will be held 24-25 November 2010, Balalaika Protea Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The fellows are:

  1. Attamah Maduka Kingsley (Nigeria)
  2. Luc Perreau (Seychelles)
  3. Murtada Makki (Sudan)
  4. Pamela Pomary (Ghana)
  5. Bope Christian (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Congratulations to the winners and we look forward to collaborating with you in Internet development initiatives in the African Region.

We wish to thank you all for your applications and interest in attending AfriNIC events and we look forward to your participation!


[13/12/10] AfriNIC receives 105/8 from IANA

In-line with the global Policy For Allocation of IPv4 Blocks to Regional Internet Registries, AfriNIC requested for, and received an extra /8 from the Internet Assigned Numbers' Authority on 2010-11-12.

There are now only 7 /8s left in the IANA unallocated pool, bringing the projected date for the IANA exhaustion pool to around March 2011.

We shall be conducting reach-ability and debogonizing tests on 105/8, as usual, before starting to allocate from this space to the community. However, we also do urge all operators to appropriately update any filters that may be in place so as to allow space from 105/8 to be used without any issues.

As part of this, you may have already noticed that there is a route for the entire 105/8 in the global table, being announced by researchers at Merit Network Research and Development group.

A list of all resources in the AfriNIC pool is available at:


[29/12/10] AfriNIC to assign AS Numbers from a common 32-bit pool

According to the " IANA Policy for Allocation of ASN Blocks to the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) " -, IANA will cease to make any distinction between 16 and 32-bit only ASN blocks on 31 December 2010 when making allocations to RIRs.

After this date, the RIRs will assign AS Numbers from an undifferentiated 32-bit ASN allocation pool.

Consequently, for any entity requesting an ASN, AfriNIC will cease to present the ability to opt for a 16- or 32-bit ASN, and will start issuing ASNs from a common 32-bit pool.

We therefore urge all IP network operators to ensure that their routing infrastructure is 32-bit ASN compatible.

[30/12/10] AfriNIC launches RPKI

AfriNIC's Resource Certification

Resource Certification is a security framework for verifying the association between Internet number resources (Internet addresses and/or Autonomous System Numbers) and their rightful holders. It is aimed to add a verifiable form of a holder's current right to use those resources over the Internet.

Since 2006, AfriNIC has been working with other RIRs on the resources certification activity, while also following the development of the standards in the Secure Inter-Domain Routing (SIDR) Working Group at the IETF.

As of the first of January 2011, AfriNIC will offer a system with a basic features, to be expanded over time in a phased deployment plan. Certification will be offered through a hosted environment via the MyAfriNIC portal. Members will be able to manage ROA, AAO specifications and view their certificates.The system takes care of all the crypto operations such as certificate requests and renewals, re-keys and objects publication in the repository (rsync:// Access to the resources certification sub-section request a business Public Key Infrastructure (BPKI) certificate.

Reasons behind deploying RPKI

Resource certificates can be used for various purposes:

  • Sign Route Origin Authorizations
  • Sign Internet Routing Objects
  • Prove ownership of Internet number resources in the context of IPv4 transfer after the exhaustion of the IPv4 pool of the RIR
  • Help to secure the inter-domain routing protocol by conveying the right-to-use of the resources and to validate routing information exchanged.

Technically speaking

Resource Certificates are based on the X.509 certificate format (RFC 5280). The format has been extended by the IETF standard, (RFC 3779) to include IP address and AS numbers in a critical certificate extension. These certificates are then published and bound together in a verifiable way. The resource certificates can only be used by specialized applications and services that are related to verification of an entity's rights to use an IP address or AS number.

AfriNIC has invested significant resources in the developement of its own in house system based on the APNIC RPKI code. A basic version of the system will be launched on the 1st of January 2011 and will evolve during the year in phases. These phases include the extension of the "up/down" protocol, the sub-certification, and the migration to a single Trust Anchor (TA).

To use the system

  1. Activate your account on MyAfrinic if you have not done so before.
  2. Connect to
  3. Navigate to Resources Certification under Resources
  4. Enjoy !!!

If you have any questions, please send a mail to rpki-help[at]

A mailing list rpki-discuss[at] is created for discussion the RPKI services.

Resource certification at other RIRs



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