Africa Peering Forum set for August in South Africa



South Africa is set to host the third Africa Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) in Johannesburg, an annual conference organized by Internet Society to discuss the regional infrastructure, content and policy issues that are critical components of transit deficits.

With the theme: “Regional Interconnection – Addressing Africa’s Internet Transit Deficit,” and to run from August 22-24 2012, at Hilton Sandton in Johannesburg, the meeting will be a multi-stakeholder forum will seek to foster cross-border interconnection opportunities and seeks to bring together key executives, chief technology officers, peering coordinators and business development managers from African.

The target audience for the three-day event will include internet service providers (ISPs) and operators, telecommunications regulators, content providers, Internet Exchange Point (IXP) Operators, infrastructure providers, Data Center Managers, National Research and Education Networks, Carriers and Transit providers.

AfPIF aims to foster national and cross-border interconnection opportunities by providing a forum where key players from infrastructure and service providers, IXPs, regulators and policy makers can engage in a relaxed but business like environment, sharing their experiences and learning from experts in the field.

AfPIF also aims to promote the establishment of new, and the growth of existing, Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) through building community co-operation and demonstrating the value proposition of local/national and regional interconnection; bridge the information asymmetry with respect to Peering and Transit economics and provide an online portal that will serve as a multi-media platform for disseminating information and informational resources on peering and transit.