The African Peering and Interconnection Forum 2010
The African Peering and Interconnection Forum is being held in Nairobi on the 11th and the 12th of August 2010 at the Sarova Panafric Hotel. The landmark event has the theme of “Unlocking Africa’s Regional Interconnection”. The event addresses the current reality that despite growing regional Internet infrastructure and bandwidth, most of Africa’s cross-border traffic is (still) exchanged in Europe and North America.
A visible example of this unique scenario is that a trace route of a data packet from Nairobi in Kenya to Kigali in Rwanda. The packet would go from Nairobi through Europe and then back to Kigali. Therefore, there is a very real need to improve packet flow by keeping it local and regional. The event if free to register for and I plan to attend. You can register for the forum here>