AfPIF 2014 Agenda & Presentations

26 August 2014

08:00 to 09:00Registration
09:00 to 10:30The Peering and Transit Strategies

- Welcome and Introduction (Michuki Mwangi, ISOC)
- Peering Game (Bill Norton, IIX)
10:30 to 11:00Coffee Break
11:00 to 12:30Peering and Transit Experiences

- Peering: Success or Failure (Simon Baroi, Fiber@Home)
- The Dawn of low latency Data Services in Africa: (Andrew Alstom, Liquid & Kyle Spencer, UIXP)
12:30 to 14:00Networking & Lunch
14:00 to 16:00Peering and Transit Tutorials

- Telemetry in your network – don’t be blind! (Jerome Fleury, Cloudflare)
- Known your Backbone: DWDM (Simon Baroi, Fiber@home)
- Introduction to peering Bilaterals and Negotiations – What you need to know (Mike Blanche, Google)

The first day of the AfPIF event is themed the peering coordinators day. This day is uniquely set to provide an opportunity for peering coordinators to share experiences on growing and developing peering business opportunities. This session will benefit peering coordinators to learn new and emerging peering and transit strategies from the region and beyond. The peering coordinators day also includes technical tutorial and lighting talk sessions that seek to discuss technical and business solutions related to peering and transit.

Peering Bilateral
Over 95% of all peering agreements are “handshake” agreements that take place at peering events such as AfPIF. The peering bilateral sessions are allocated to provide time to seek and develop peering opportunities with other networks and IXPs present at the event. Following requests to introduce the peering bilateral session, we have allocated time for the session to take place. A preceding tutorial on the peering bilateral session will be provided with an aim of introducing the tools and techniques to benefit from the session.
16:00 to 16:30Coffee Break
16:30 to 18:00Africa Peering Discussions

- Project Link in Uganda (Kai Wulff, Google)
- Impact of building a national fibre optic network. Role of Broadband Systems Corporation – BSC and the Government of Rwanda (Ghislain Nkeramugaba, RICTA)
- Peering Introductions 1 (Michuki Mwangi, ISOC)
- Q & A session
19:00 to 21:00Opening Peering Social – Sponsored by France-IX

Pullman Hotel - la Piscine

27 August 2014

08:00 to 08:45Registration
09:00 to 10:30Opening Session: Opening Remarks

- Sofie Maddens, ISOC
- Ministry

Moderator: Dawit Bekele
10:30 to 11:00Coffee Break
11:00 to 12:00Keynote Speech 1: “The Future of Content Hosting in Africa”

Speaker: Mathieu Paonessa (Jaguar Networks)
12:00 to 12:30Peering Introductions 2

Speaker: Michuki Mwangi (ISOC)
12:30 to 14:00Networking & Lunch
14:00 to 15:30Content Panel
Panel Session I: “Content Policy”

Moderator: Mouhamet Diop (

- Thomas Volmer
- Michael Kende (ISOC)
- Bocar Kane (Kylene Group)
- Kyle Spencer (UIXP)

African broadband subscriptions grew by 22 percent in the year 2012 to March 2013. This strong broadband subscriber growth, combined with the increase in average access speed per subscriber, has led to an impressive growth in total broadband access bandwidth.
This session will aim to discuss the emerging Content opportunities and identify how regional operators can leverage the growing number of users to attract providers in the region.

The session will also aim to unpack the diversity of content regulation and policy in the region, with an objective of highlighting the opportunities.

There is also a growing interest in exploring ways to support local content development, and to monetize existing local content, which remains largely available only off-line and where available underutilized.
15:30 to 16:00Coffee Break & Launch of Peering Play Book
16:00 to 17:30Peering Bilateral Meetings Session 1

- Closing Remarks: Dawit Bekele (ISOC)
18:30 to 21:30Gala Dinner Sponsored by ARTP

JUST 4 U Restaurant

28 August 2014

08:00 to 08:45Registration
09:00 to 09:30Peering Bilateral Meetings Session 2
09:30 to 10:30Keynote Speech II: “The Future of Peering”

Speaker: Bill Norton (IIX)
10:30 to 11:00Coffee Break & Group Photo
11:00 to 12:30The Future of Peering
Panel Session II: “IXP Futures – The opportunities for IXPs to grow national and cross-border peering”

Moderator: Nishal Goburdhan (ISPA ZA)

- Michuki Mwangi (ISOC)
- Wouter Van Houlten (Interxion)
- Mathieu Paonessa (Jaguar Networks)
- Solène Souquet (FranceIX)
12:30 to 14:00Networking & Lunch
14:00 to 15:30Internet Traffic Measurement In Africa

“Traffic Flow measurement for Africa”
- Africa to Africa: AS-Level topology snapshot

Moderator: Michael Kende (ISOC)

- Roderick Fanou (IMDEA)
- Alain Aina (AfriNIC)
- Ghislain Nkeramugaba (RICTA)
- Modou Sall (Orange Sonatel)

There are ongoing initiatives aimed at assisting the establishment of national IXPs, and evolving existing IXPs from their original unsustainable models in order to grow.

The sustained investments in terrestrial (backhaul and metro) fiber, submarine cables, data centers, broadband (wireless and wired) access and the development of online applications and services will lead to an increased demand in efficient IXP operations.

This session will discuss strategies that IXPs need to consider in order to grow their business models and attract members outside of their traditional market and region. The session will also aim to discuss ways we can collaborate to enhance measurements and statistics from the African region.
This will enable the community to collectively assess the progress being made on national and regional interconnection and identify the gaps and opportunities that need to be explored.

- IXP Futures – the opportunities for IXPs to grow national and cross-border peering
15:30 to 16:00Coffee break
16:00 to 17:30Lightning Talks

- IXP Toolkit (Jane Coffin, ISOC)
- Peering in Kenya (Barry Macharia, KIXP)
- The successful implementation of an IXP and its evolution (Adelard Kenese, Burundix)
- DO Base (Chris Grunderman, ISOC)
- Business Intelligence Application (Elaud Kutiwa)

Closing Remarks: Dawit Bekele (ISOC)
17:30 to 19:00Closing Peering Social – Sponsored by LINX

Pullman Hotel - la Terrace