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AFRINIC has organised two academic workshops at AFRICOMM in 2017 and 2018 with the main objective of initiating and accelerating collaboration among internet researchers in Africa. The aim is to facilitate discussions around the evolution of Africa’s Internet landscape and to formulate strategic directions for Internet research in the continent. Through this initiative, we also aim at establishing a good understanding of the breadth of research about Africa’s Internet conducted by both regional and international research/academic institutions. 

In order to ensure that the African Internet benefit from the performance measurement platforms being deployed by a number of companies and institutions across the globe, AFRINIC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2013 with one of the leading Internet measurement platform providers, the RIPE NCC. This partnership was established in an effort by AFRINIC to build a large measurement network in Africa and to continuously analyse interconnectivity and internetworking across the continent. The MoU enables AFRINIC to join the RIPE NCC’s effort in building a global network of probes and anchors known as the RIPE ATLAS project. AFRINIC has, since the MoU, distributed 192 probes and sponsored six anchors and these devices are installed in different parts of the continent. Five of these anchors were delivered in 2018 to the following Internet eXchange Points (IXPs):

What is DNSFlagDay ?

The current DNS use a lot of workaround that cause slowness and inefficiency. On the 1st of February 2019, major DNS software providers (ISC BIND, PowerDNS, NSD) have committed to release a new version which removes workarounds for broken DNS infrastructure. 

Internet use in Africa has recorded tremendous growth since the turn of the century with the penetration rate of 35.2% at the beginning of 2018 against the rest of the world’s average of 58.4%. According to Cisco, the leading global company in the supply of networking equipment, Africa is one of the two regions – the other being middle-east – with the fastest growth in Internet traffic in the world and this is set to continue over the next half-decade. The increase in traffic across the continent is largely due to the widespread use of smartphones and the gradual migration of day-to-day services to online platforms. As smartphone use becomes ubiquitous, there is increased access to videos online, significant growth in average traffic per device, an increase in bandwidth-hungry applications, as well as the impact of 4G connections.

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