The event will bring together key players to address opportunities for interconnection, peering and traffic exchange on the continent
The Internet Society (InternetSociety.org) will hold its annual event, the African Forum on Peering and Interconnection (AfPIF) in Tanzania for the first time. ISOC has partnered with the Association of Internet Service Providers of Tanzania (TISPA) (TISPA.or.tz) to organize the seventh annual AfPIF forum in the country’s capital, Dar es Salaam, August 30 to September 1, 2016.
Serving as a platform to develop Internet infrastructure and services across Africa, the event will bring together key players to address opportunities for interconnection, peering and traffic exchange on the continent.
The forum aims to create cross-border interconnection opportunities and facilitate discussions on African Internet infrastructure challenges, including terrestrial capacity, the development of national and regional Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) and local content.
“Internet connectivity in Africa has increased in recent years, providing access to almost a third of the population on the continent. Improving interconnection and traffic exchange has become even more important today as a growing number of Africans depend on the Internet in their daily lives, “said Dawit Bekele, Regional Director for Africa’s Internet Society.
Internet connectivity in Africa has increased in recent years
“Since we launched this event six years ago, we have seen a significant increase in investments and initiatives that have led to improvements in the level and quality of national and regional interconnection. This was possible thanks to the connections that people make during AfPIF. Among other things, the forum enabled Africans to collaborate and work together for the development of Internet infrastructure on the continent, ”he added.