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For the sake of AFRINIC’s Board election, the AFRINIC Nomination Committee (NomCom) and Election Committee (E-Com) have been respectively entrusted with the tasks of the selection of candidates and the running of the elections.

One of the cornerstones of such a task is the “MyAfrinic” login credentials which serve as an identifying instrument in this exercise.

It has come to AFRINIC's knowledge that some of its members may have been solicited, together with such financial incentive, for the purpose of sharing their MyAfrinic login credentials in view of the AFRINIC's forthcoming board's elections.

Whilst AFRINIC strongly condemns such an attempt, we find it apposite to remind our members that the login credentials are private and confidential to our members only. We also find it appropriate to remind our members that voting is a right attributed to our members only and it is essential that the integrity of AFRINIC's elections is preserved at all times.

Consequently, we advise our members to be aware of the risks associated with sharing their respective login credentials to third parties, and that AFRINIC shall not be held liable or responsible for any damage or harm caused as a result of such unauthorised disclosure.

AFRINIC calls upon members to exercise caution and act in the best interest of the Community.



Eddy Kayihura M.
Chief Executive Officer
African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) Ltd.





Smart AfricaIn partnership with SmartAfrica Secretariat (SAS), AFRINIC is a member of the Smart Africa Data Centre & Cloud for Africa Project Working Group.

The Data Centre and Cloud for Africa Project was launched by SAS under the leadership of the Republic of Djibouti (Smart Africa member state) to address the challenges associated with the Data Centre and Cloud market in Africa.


To implement this project, a Working Group has been set up and its scope and objectives are:

  • To conduct a comprehensive feasibility study that will cover detailed technical, market, legal and regulatory, economic, financial, and social aspects and most importantly assess the bankability of potential Data Centre & Cloud projects that will be identified in the course of the study.
  • To create a Data Centre and Cloud Service Blueprint which will serve as a reference point and baseline for Smart Africa member states for the development of their respective Data Centre and Cloud Service Policies and Strategies.
  • To collaborate with Smart Africa members states, the private sector members and other interested stakeholders 


Specifically, AFRINIC is taking part in this WG under the Technology & Security Workstream and is represented by 4 of our staff: James Chirwa, Cedric Mbeyet, Brice Abba and Stephen Honlue. Moreover, the Smart Africa Secretariat granted AFRINIC to assist in leading the Technology & Security Workstream and Mr Stephen Honlue has been selected.




The Board of Directors is required to appoint a Nomination Committee (NomCom) every year, in terms of Article 9 of the AFRINIC's Bylaws <>.

For the purpose of constituting the NomCom 2022, the Board hereby makes a public call for volunteers from the African Internet community to fill three (3) open positions. The Board election process and guidelines, published at <>, provides additional information about NomCom responsibilities, the election process, and timelines.

If you are interested to serve on the NomCom 2022, then please send your expression of interest, including a short biography of yourself, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 17 March 2022 (23:59 UTC).

Your attention is hereby drawn to Article 9.1 of the Bylaws which provides that "no person shall be qualified for appointment to the NomCom if he/she is a candidate for election to the Board or is domiciled in a region whose seat is open for renewal during an election". For more information about the role and functions of NomCom, please see Article 9.3 of the Bylaws.

The Board further expects NomCom members to:

  • Be neutral;
  • Have no interest (direct or indirect) in the results of the elections being held;
  • Be trustworthy members of the AFRINIC community;
  • Be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of the AFRINIC business environment;
  • Be able to use their best effort to discharge their responsibilities.


Please note that members of NomCom do not receive any remuneration.

AFRINIC staff will provide logistical support to NomCom throughout its mandate. Such support includes publication of the list of nominees, a compilation of comments, mailing list moderation, website update, communication with nominees, and other duties pertaining to the roles and responsibilities of the NomCom. Travel support will also be provided for the Chairperson of the NomCom 2022 to attend the Annual General Members' Meeting (AGMM) at which the elections are to be held.

For information purposes, the following elections are to be held at the 2022 AGMM.


AFRINIC Board of Directors elections:

  • Seat 1 (Northern Africa), to serve a three-year term. This seat is currently held by Professor Habib Youssef
  • Seat 2 (Western Africa), to serve a three-year term. This seat is currently held by Dr Emmanuel Adewale Adedokun
  • Seat 7 (region-independent), to serve a three-year term. This seat is currently held by Mr Oluwaseun Ojedeji


Governance Committee

One Governance Committee position is up for election by the AFRINIC Membership to serve a three-year term from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2025. The seat is currently held by Mr Laurent Ntumba Kayemba.




Subramanian Moonesamy
Chairman, AFRINIC Board of Directors







ICANN-Managed Root Server Clusters to Strengthen Africa’s Internet Infrastructure


ICANN to enable faster, more robust connectivity in Kenya with the installation of clusters.


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ISTANBUL – 28 February 2022
– Internet users in Africa will soon benefit from faster access and better protection from cyberattacks, thanks to the installation of two root server clusters. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the global non-profit organization that coordinates the domain name system and plays a key role in ensuring a global, interoperable, and secure Internet, announced that it will install and manage two new ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS) clusters in Africa, one of which is confirmed to be in Kenya. This is ICANN's first-of-its-kind investment in Africa.

Today, 33 percent of the population in Africa have access to the Internet. According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the number of individuals using the Internet in Africa grew 23 percent between 2019 and 2021. This growth is driven by a digitally savvy, young, and educated urban workforce, for whom the adoption and consumption of online services is second nature.

Installation of the IMRS clusters will add crucial capacity to support the growth in Internet use across Africa. This, in turn, will underpin economic growth and bring opportunities for a large share of new Internet users. The clusters ensure that Internet queries from Africa can be answered within the region, and not be dependent on networks and servers in other parts of the world, thus reducing latency and improving Internet user experience in the entire region.

"Extending our infrastructure in Africa is in line with ICANN's mission to ensure that the Internet remains secure, stable and resilient across the world," said Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO. "Adding the clusters in Africa is a key step to stimulating Internet access and to strengthening the Internet stability of the entire continent. Of course, this could only be achieved with the participation of the local community. We are grateful to the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs in Kenya for their support in establishing the IMRS cluster in their country, and for their commitment to advancing the Internet in the continent."

By enabling meaningful connectivity in Africa, ICANN – a member of the International Telecommunication Union Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) – also contributes to the goal of the Partner2Connect Digital Coalition initiative to bring connectivity and digital transformation to "hard-to-reach" communities.

"The Partner2Connect Digital Coalition is a game-changing opportunity for the ICT sector to take a holistic approach, catalyze new partnerships, and mobilize the resources needed to connect those who are still offline," said Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau. I welcome ICANN's commitment toward Partner2Connect's goals to bring critical Internet infrastructure to Africa and advance universal connectivity and digital transformation."

Joseph Mucheru, E.G.H, Cabinet Secretary in the Kenyan Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, welcomed the investment. "This initiative is a welcome positive development both in line with the African Digital Transformation Strategy (2020-2030) and more specifically with Kenya's Digital Economy Blueprint which identifies infrastructure as one of the five key pillars necessary for the digital transformation of the economy. We, therefore, thank ICANN for their confidence in choosing Kenya one more time as one of the hosts of this important infrastructure that would serve not only Kenya but the rest of Africa and the world. Implementation of this initiative will be of immense importance in accelerating the digital transformation agenda in Kenya."

The clusters will reduce the time it takes for a website to load, particularly when there are spikes in Internet usage. This will bring immediate benefits for everyday Internet users across the continent. Perhaps most important, the new IMRS clusters will reduce the impact of a potential cyberattack in the continent. Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) cyberattacks work by overwhelming servers with a flood of queries. With two separate IMRS cluster locations and higher bandwidth and data processing capacity, the risk of the Internet going down because of a cyberattack will be significantly reduced. Increased capacity lessens the impact of attacks.

This project is part of a larger ICANN initiative to expand the global presence of its roots servers by adding the two ICANN-operated and managed clusters in Africa to the existing clusters in North America, Asia and Europe.



Originally published at




PeeringDB’s 2021 User Survey Results and 2022 Product Roadmap



 PeeringDB is a freely available, user-maintained, database of networks, and the go-to location for interconnection data

Last September we asked you for input through our anonymous satisfaction survey, so we could use it to guide our product roadmap for 2022. Today, we are sharing what you told us through the survey and how we’ll be improving PeeringDB and your experience of it in 2022.



We had almost 250 responses to the survey, a 25% increase last year. As with last year, respondents identified themselves as connected with organizations operating on every continent and in every part of our industry. Overall satisfaction remains unchanged from last year.

peeringdb 2021 user survey overall satisfaction


 We asked a few new questions in 2021 and learned

  • Almost 70% of respondents use PeeringDB every day or every week. Most of the rest use it every month.
  • Under half of the respondents use PeeringDB on a mobile device.
  • About 70% of respondents want a way to be notified about changes that are relevant to them.

From the questions that were repeated from 2021, we learned that Network Configuration Data and Search and Discovery capabilities remained the most important to our users.

The User Experience and Web Interface remained the service categories with the lowest satisfaction, although 85% of respondents were still somewhat or very satisfied.

The other lower-performing area was Documentation Quality, which is an area that we started to address later in 2021 and some respondents won't have known about. Work on improving our documentation will continue in 2022.

We hope that these improvements drive satisfaction in 2022.



We have used your feedback, in combination with a focus group consultation, to guide our product roadmap for 2022. The three key focus areas will be:

Introduce a new “Carrier” object

This object will describe providers of high capacity links between interconnection facilities. It was named “Carrier” during the discussion but that is a placeholder that could be changed if it is considered confusing or inappropriate. We are developing a design that will be circulated with the focus group before developing this new feature.

As a new object, we’ll make sure that it is well documented so users can get the most value from it.

Improving the website’s responsiveness

We recognize that the overall visual design needs some improvement. But perhaps more importantly we need to improve page load times. We plan to bring PeeringDB nearer to its users by completing a deployment to a CDN. We have already tested this by deploying there and we will be moving to it in 2022. We will also introduce modular page rendering, so each element loads via a separate connection, speeding the overall experience.

We will use the CDN metrics to learn more about how is used and that will inform improvements to the visual design.

Continue improving search

2021 saw significant improvements to advanced search and simple search. We will continue to make improvements to search and help users keep the underlying data more accurate.

One example of this is work that’s going on, as I type, at the NANOG 84 Hackathon where volunteer developers are introducing intersection searches. That means you’ll be able to make a single query to find out which IXPs or interconnection facilities have two networks present, such as your own and a desired peer’s.

This is an example of how PeeringDB is developed by its users as well as the core team.


What else? Data Accuracy

We know that we need to do work to improve the quality of data in PeeringDB as it plays such an important role in configuration.

We last looked at this in 2019’s Data Ownership Task Force, whose report acknowledged the shared responsibility for data describing the interconnected nature of separately managed parts of our Internet. We plan to work with PeeringDB users to renew our work in this area so we can continue to improve the quality of data we publish.

We are also setting courses towards increased data accuracy by using the RPKI and Resource Signed Checklists (RSC). We want to use RSC validation to cryptographically validate our users’ ability to control specific Internet Number Resources.


Call to Action

We just deployed two user-developed features: improvements to simple search and OpenID Connect integration. We are keen to include more user-developed code. If you’d like to contribute to PeeringDB then let me know and we can help you.



About PeeringDB

If you have an idea to improve PeeringDB you can share it on our low traffic mailing lists or create an issue directly on GitHub. If you find a data quality issue, please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PeeringDB is a freely available, user-maintained, database of networks, and the go-to location for interconnection data. The database facilitates the global interconnection of networks at Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), data centres, and other interconnection facilities, and is the first step in making interconnection decisions.


About the Author

Leo Vegoda is developing PeeringDB’s product roadmap. He was previously responsible for organizational planning and improvement in ICANN’s Office of the COO, and Internet Number Resources in the IANA department, as well as running Registration Services at the RIPE NCC.


Event Wrap: AFRINIC-34 Online



af34 wrapThe AFRINIC-34 Online Meeting took place online, from 14-18 November 2021.

226 delegates from 48 countries took part in policy development discussions and plenary sessions. The meeting was organised by AFRINIC on the Meetecho platform.

AFRINIC would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the sponsors: Meta, Team Cymru, DNS Africa, Dot Africa and Emtel Business.

Thank you to all the delegates who attended some 26 sessions which were conducted by 43 experts in the ICT field.

The AFRINIC-34 agenda can be found here (click on the individual session to see all the presentation slides and video recordings from 15-18 November 2021.

The detailed statistics of the conference can be found here.

In case you missed these sessions you may view the detailed Daily Recaps of each day's events can be found here.

The video recording for the Day is published at:


The Meeting Platform

For the AFRINIC-34 Online meeting, we have again used the Meetecho platform. Further enhancements were requested for the AFRINIC-34 Online meeting to enhance delegates’ user experience. Meetecho is an online platform that is entirely web-based and does not require software installation.

The platform was accessible from anywhere in the world without restrictions. The platform also offers the integration of a timer, one to one chats, a list of participants visible to all the attendees, speakers ’ slides uploaded on the platform, announcements feature, polling, technical and live streaming support. These features were crucial in determining and choosing the Meetecho platform.


General Improvements from AIS’21

We were pleased to introduce interpretation services for an additional language, namely Arabic for AFRINIC-34 Online.

General improvements were also noted on the audio steaming and translation channels where delegates and speakers joined and listened seamlessly and no major technical issues were recorded.


Thank you for your time and interest in AFRINIC-34 Online.


RPKI Nuts & Bolts Webinar



rpki bolt wenibarOur second webinar on securing Internet routing for 2021 is on the topic of Resource Public Key Infrastructure(RPKI).

RPKI facilitates the validation of routing information by other network operators on a global scale and forms one of the fundamental building blocks of routing security on the Internet.

As a network operator, creating RPKI a Route Origin Authorisation (ROA) object(s) that cover all the prefixes you advertise to your BGP peers is the best common operational practice. It is also one of the Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS') actions that a network operator can implement to demonstrate a commitment to running a safe and resilient Internet.

By the end of this session, you should be able to:

  1. Explain the different vulnerabilities within the BGP protocol
  2. Choose a suitable RPKI implementation model for your network
  3. Create digital certificates that prevent your routed prefixes from being hijacked on the Internet


Please use the following link to register, and don't forget to add the event to your calendar: 

  • Date: 25th November 2021
  • Time: 12:30 UTC
  • This webinar will be in English.


See you at the webinar!


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