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This post is a summary of two papers co-authored by Amreesh Phokeer and Josiah Chavula of the Research and Innovation Department and were presented at:

  1. IEEE Africon 2017, Cape Town, South Africa - Won the Most Outstanding Paper Award
  2. IEEE Infocom 2018, Honolulu, Hawaii - Won the Best-in-Session Presentation Award

We often reduce Africa to a single country or economy but we tend to forget that it is made up of 54 different nations, more than in any other continent of the world. Africa is therefore a complex set of countries having different levels of connectivity, Internet penetration and infrastructure. The good news is that in the recent years, there have been massive investment in both undersea and terrestrial fibre optical cables, and as a result, Africa is one of fastest growing continent in terms of international internet bandwidth - growing at a compound annual rate of 44 percent from 2013 and 2017.

Internet pervasiveness in Africa has been slowly but steadily increasing since the beginning of this millennium. Thanks to several organisations which donated time and resources, it is nowadays possible to claim that the AS ecosystems of several countries in Africa are now experiencing an early stage of the peering era. But how much of this newborn peering connectivity are we able to reveal using the BGP route collectors publicly available? By analysing BGP data available with existing techniques we found that a lot of this connectivity is missing from the dataset, mainly due to the lack of data sources in the region. In most countries, this could theoretically be solved by introducing no more than ten new ASes sharing their full routing information to route collectors.

Twelve recipients selected from a total of 652 applicants have been awarded an AFRINIC Fellowship to participate at AFRINIC-28 in Dakar Senegal.

The AFRINIC Fellowship Programme provides opportunities for those individuals from African countries who have an interest in Internet operations and governance to participate in the AFRINIC public policy meetings

The Fellowship Committee places special emphasis on supporting diversity in the region, awarding fellowships to six women from Cameroon, Botswana, Namibia, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and Gambia.

Congratulations to all the Fellows! We look forward to seeing you soon in Dakar.

When the only connectivity in an environment is offered by commercial network operators, Internet development tends to be slow. This has certainly been the case in my home, Nigeria, where every improvement of performance and accessibility has generally been accompanied by an increase in cost.

However, things are starting to change. In this post I will discuss how community-centric networks are playing a part in reducing costs and increasing accessibility in developing economies such as Nigeria.

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