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Call for Nominations NI&I Service Award 2016 is Open

18 March 2016 - We are proudly announcing the call for nominations for the 8th Network Information & Infrastructure (NI&I) Service Award. 

This initiative recognises people and organisations that have significantly contributed to the development of Internet services and infrastructure in Africa and the Indian Ocean.

The call is now open and the categories are:

  1. NI&I Award
  2. NI&I Young Professional Award

The NI&I Service Award Ceremony will be held on 09 June 2016 during the Africa Internet Summit (AIS’16) in Gaborone, Botswana. 

We are kindly inviting you to participate by nominating individuals or organisations you believe deserve to receive a NI&I award by filling the form below by 18 April 2016.


About the NI&I Service Award


Initiated in 2009 under the instigation of Dr. Narku Nii Quaynor, inspired by his own prestigious John Postel Award (the first African recipient for his long run engagement in Internet service in Africa), the Africa NI&I Service Award recognises people or organisations that have significantly contributed to have the development of Internetworking Services and Infrastructure in Africa and the Indian Ocean by dedicating time, resource, and vision to its enhancement.

More information can be found at:

Important dates



- Call for nomination opens: 18 March

- Call for nomination closes: 18 April

- Selection process: 18 April to 01 May

- Winner announced: 09 June


AFRINIC CEO Welcomes Launch of Madagascar IXP

17 March 2016: AFRINIC CEO Alan Barrett today welcomes the launch of a new Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Madagascar.

Mr. Barrett is attending Network Information Center Madagascar's (NIC-MG) "Journée de l'lnternet" ('Day of the Internet') to celebrate the launch of the IXP. The IXP, located in the Madagascan capital of Antananarivo, has been supported by the Internet Society and the African Union's AXIS project.

"This is another step forward for the African Internet," said Mr. Barrett. "The increase in the number of IXPs throughout our region is imperative to support an open, stable, and resilient Internet in Africa. Not only do IXPs help to decrease latency by keeping Africa's Internet traffic local to the region, they also help to reduce connectivity costs, which opens up access to many more people. This in turn helps to improve local content offerings and boosts both existing and new businesses, contributing to economic growth.”

AFRINIC also plays a leading role in capacity building and provides education, training to promote IPv6 deployment and support for infrastructure development throughout Africa and the Indian Ocean. A large part of these capacity building efforts involves collaborating with organisations - including the Internet Society, the African Union and local network operators - to support the set-up and deployment of IXPs throughout Africa and the Indian Ocean region. Find out more about our Capacity Building activities.


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