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Catherine NiwagabaDuring the recent AIS'16, we met with Catherine Niwagaba a Systems Engineer from Uganda who shared with us how her career path took an unexpected turn a few years ago and her thoughts on women in the ICT sector in Uganda.

"My dream was to pursue a degree in Medicine," explained Catherine. "However, I had a backup plan for the Advanced Level Secondary stage of my education, just in case my grades were not sufficient to get me into the School of Medicine. I studied both Biology and Chemistry but also added Physics and Mathematics. That subject combination could get me into either Medicine or Engineering. I failed to get to School of Medicine by a very small margin. A friend of mine then advised me to try Computer Science which, back then, was a relatively new course but promised many exciting opportunities in future. I took her advice and I've never looked back since."

Zambia AIS Photo 2013 Cropped smallAt the AIS'16 in June 2016, the African IXP Association (AF-IX) organised a Meeting. We met with Michuki Mwangi, Senior Development Manager for Africa  Internet Society and CTO of the Kenya Internet Exchange Point, who talked to us about how the meeting went and the key objectives and challenges of the AF-IX.  

AF-IX is a platform for IXPs to share their experiences, find means to grow their membership and traffic and to address some of the challenges they are facing. One of the key objectives of AF-IX is to support the community in growing their exchange points, especially in countries that have already established IXPs. According to Michuki, the biggest challenge that arises is how  IXPs achieve membership growth.

hallWe share with you AFRINIC's news highlights for the month of June.

 

From 29 May to 10 June, AFRINIC organised in collaboration with AIS partners and local host BOCRA the AIS'16 Meeting in Gaborone Botswana. The Meeting gathered over 360 participants who attended the numerous training and conference sessions. 

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Zambia AIS Photo 2013 Cropped smallWhen a group of Kenyan Internet service providers gathered in Nairobi to establish an Internet exchange point (IXP) late in 2000, little did they know that their actions would lay the foundation to one of the world’s most commended reciprocal relationships between government and the ICT industry.

Initially set up as a cost saving exercise to avoid using expensive international links primarily controlled by the incumbent monopoly telecom operator at the time, Telekom Kenya, KIXP quickly caused headlines for all the wrong reasons recalls Michuki Mwangi, KIXP’s chief technology officer and one of the original technicians involved in the setup of the IXP all those years ago.

“A week after we had set it up, the incumbent [Telkom Kenya] requested that the regulator [Communications Commission of Kenya, now known as Communications Authority] to shut it down, as we were operating illegally,” says Michuki. “This was even though we had an informal agreement with CCK.”

afrinic anissaDuring AIS’16 in Botswana, we caught up with several women who work diligently in the ICT sector in many parts of Africa as they shared with us their stories, passion and struggles.

We talked to Anissa BHAR, AIS’16 fellow who teaches at the university ISET Charguia in Tunisia and her colleague Afifa HARIZ FRIKHA from the IPv6 team at the university.

• Anissa BHAR: Where and what did you study at university? 

I studied at the « High Institute of Management » with specialisation in  Computing Management (Informatique de gestion) for four years and had my MSc in IT Management, then at the National School for  Computer Science, for two years and had my Certificate of specialised studies in Computer Science, after I had my Aggregation in Computer Science.

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