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AFRINIC is back again with another exciting webinar on 'Transitioning to IPv6-only with IPv4aaS (IPv4 as a Service) in broadband and cellular networks’. This webinar will be in French.


- Have a global picture of all the IPv6 transition technologies
- Understand the differences between various transition techniques
- Understand the concept of IPv6-only with IPv4aaS (IPv4 as a service)

Date 18 July 2019

Time: 16:30 GST (Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar)
12:30 UTC (Ghana, Cote D'Ivoire)
13:30 WAT (Nigeria, Cameroon)
15:30 EAT (Kenya, Uganda)

Registration link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/3015568725300/WN_fwqzi5fjQR6zNOdUJRG8NA

AFRINIC will be holding its IPv6 deployathon session taking place from 21 to 23 August 2019 in Lagos, Nigeria in collaboration with Eko-Konnect Research and Education Initiative.

The deployathon is focused on implementation through prototyping, building and validation. At the end of the session, through expert guidance, participants will have moved their networks one clearly measurable step forward in IPv6 deployment.

Because of its heavy implementation focus, admission requirements are very strict. Only network and systems engineers who run networks are eligible. Thus if you want to join a tribe of like-minded engineers who want to actually deploy rather than talk about IPv6, please request an invitation at: 


Seats are limited, so please register as soon as possible.


Research and Innovation unit was invited to present a talk on Internet measurement to AfriNIC Government Working Group (AFGWG) on 17/06/19 in the recently held Africa Internet Summit 2019 in Kampala, Uganda. The 20-minute talk introduced the participants to aspects of Internet measurement that should be of concern to them. As a number of non-technical people were attending, the talk was presented in as layman terms as the subject could allow. Consequently, the presentation had four simple agenda items as follows: Internet Measurement – What is?, The Need for Measurement, Measurement Tools, and Recommendations.
Internet measurement is simply the use of tools to ascertain the accessibility, performance, and usage of the Internet. By accessibility, we want to know how far our Wi-Fi or cellular signal could reach; by performance, we want to know the speed of the Internet, the time it takes for a page to load on a browser, etc; by usage, we want to know the number of users on our country’s networks, the amount of data being transmitted over the different communication media – fibre-optics, wireless, etc – among other usage statistics. As AfriNIC’s Africa Internet Measurement Programme is mostly concerned with Internet performance in the region, the focus of the talk was based on the performance aspect.
Internet measurement data is crucial for evidence-based policy-making and regulation in a country as the government could easily make an informed decision based on the measured Internet statistics. A regulator could know if a certain Internet service provider (ISP) is fulfilling the service level agreement (SLA) entered into with a customer. For instance, if a provider promised a speed of 3mbps download, by performing regular measurements on the provider's network, the regulator could tell if such bandwidth is provided to the customer and the regulator could use that as evidence to sanction erring telecom operators/ISPs. The regulator could also use the measurement data it gathers over a period to publish Internet health report of a country and provide open, provider-independent data for researchers, civil society organisations, the general public, and other interested parties.
A number of open (‘free’ to use) and proprietary tools were cited in the presentation which could be utilised for the measurement purpose. Measurement Lab (M-LAB) is an open speed-test-related Internet measurement tool. RIPEstat and RIPE atlas are also free to use –although a credit system exists for the latter – and allow the visualisation of BGP routing information, latency measurement, HTTP-based measurement, etc. AFRINIC WHOIS database was also introduced as a database of all AFRINIC-allocated IP and autonomous system numbers in Africa. SamKnows and Speedchecker provide fee-based service of customised measurement platforms to enable governments to understand the performance of the Internet in their countries.
Of the many recommendations given at the end of the talk was the need for regulators to make Internet measurement as a core of their businesses. That a regulator relying on third parties for Internet data of its country is already bad enough, relying on operators and ISPs it is regulating to provide this data is worse. In addition to reliance on existing tools, regulators were also advised to consider developing their measurement tools in-house as some measurement needs could be peculiar to a country or a region, such as Africa, and existing tools may not always serve. That the regulators should publish regular reports of Internet health of their countries as seen by users and not from the operators’ and ISPs’ perspectives. Utilising the 10-year longitudinal M-LAB measurement data hosted on Google big query is one way of getting users’ experienced-performance.
Regulators were finally advised to stop the use of the phrase ‘Up To’ by ISPs to denote Internet speed in SLAs between customers and the providers. Rather, operators/ISPs should be forced to use a language clearly stating what they will provide. A defined expected-Internet-speed will stop the Internet providers from hiding behind the ambiguity of ‘Up To’ to deliver less-than agreed service level to their customers.

From measuring web latency and mobile broadband, from measuring disruption on the Internet to a narration of an actual shutdown of the Internet, from a survey on Internet measurement tools usage in Africa to tutorials on how to use these tools, the 2019 Internet measurements workshop at the Africa Internet Summit 2019 held in Kampala, Uganda, was packed with talks, discussions, and tutorials to remember. Held on 15 and 16 of June 2019, this event organized by AFRINIC recorded an attendance of over 30 individuals comprising various individuals/stakeholders from diverse backgrounds. There were researchers from the university, network administrators and engineers from ISPs, national research and education networks, schools and institutional networks, students from higher institutions, and some representatives of African governments, among others. The morning hours of the 2-day workshop witnessed talks delivered by remote and live speakers, which were followed by tutorials in the afternoons -- RIPE atlas on the 15th and Measurement Lab (M-LAB) on the 16th.

As a follow up to our call for participation in the Internet measurement awareness survey, we are now presenting the outcome based on the responses during the exercise. The survey was an exciting activity and some of the results from it are quite interesting and unexpected, such as the finding that research is the third reason why our respondents are conducting measurement on the Internet. This study sheds new light by focusing on the users’ understanding and awareness of the measurement infrastructure, as well as highlighting the presence of a measurement infrastructure that could be potentially deployed within corporate networks and largely hidden from the research community.

We have results that tell us about the purpose of the different business categories for running measurements and why short-term simple measurement activities tend to be more popular than long-term measurement campaigns. The Internet measurement platforms that enable measurement on a large scale were also investigated and the results presented here too. It turns out that there is a need for more of these platforms to be deployed in the African region and there is also a great need to keep the platforms online at all times once deployed. An active training campaign is needed to build up the skills necessary to run a successful Internet measurement campaign, which we found to be lacking in the African region.

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