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AFRINIC Collaborations: On our Way to Building a Stable and Robust Internet in Africa

On our Way to Building a Stable and Robust Internet in Africa

collaborationAFRINIC has the mandate to collaborate with its stakeholders to ensure the sustainable growth of a stable, secure and robust Internet in Africa. In order to deliver on the above, it is vital that AFRINIC engages with the public, civil and technical sectors in dialogues and forums around the development of the Internet in Africa. Despite the global pandemic that has grounded the world, AFRINIC had to get creative in its efforts to engage with the different stakeholder groups and communities throughout 2020. In this blog, we would like to share a quick recap of the activities and meetings we have participated and collaborated in regionally since the beginning of the year. 


Covid 19 took us all by surprise and in these challenging times, like most organisations worldwide, we had to find means to respond to the current pandemic. This however did not deter our commitment to engage with our stakeholders in our service region. Our first virtual conference, AIS'20 Online, stood out and illustrated our effort in finding innovative ways to remain in touch with our partners and pursue our engagement activities throughout 2020 seamlessly.” says AFRINIC CEO Eddy Kayihura.


Governments and Intergovernmental Bodies

gov collabMaintaining good working relationships with African governments and intergovernmental bodies is key for guaranteeing that public policies are developed online with the technological developments our membership is leading on the continent.

Within the framework of the African Union Agenda 2063, AFRINIC participated in a series of initiatives to collaborate with governments, ICT regulators and intergovernmental bodies on Internet development in Africa, including the Africa WSIS Meeting on ‘’COVID-19 and examining it as a Catalyst to achieving the WSIS Action Lines in the attainment of the Agenda 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union Agenda 2063”.

AFRINIC has also been exploring with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecommunication Development Bureau several areas of collaboration with respect to the objectives of the MoU that was signed between AFRINIC and the ITU in 2014 on IPv6 use and its developmental role for Africa. AFRINIC’s Head of Stakeholder Engagement, Mr Arthur Cardinal, met with Mrs Doreen Bogdan-Martin, ITU-D Director. They discussed several topics including the promotion of IPv6 Deployment, as a critical requirement for the deployment of Broadband and smart cities in developing countries.

Further to the collaboration between AFRINIC and the ITU-Africa Bureau, AFRINIC participated in the Cybersecurity Regional web dialogue for Africa Webinar organised on 23 September 2020 by the Bureau.

AFRINIC works with the African Union Commission (AUC) as an observer on the Ministerial Conference on Communications and ICT (MCIT).

The African Union Commission, the Internet Society, and the African Telecommunications Union hosted this first webinar in the ‘African Internet Resilience‘ series on the topic, ‘Internet Resilience in Africa in the context of COVID-19‘.

On 1 June 2020, AFRINIC participated in this webinar that assessed the growing impact of COVID-19 on livelihoods and work in Africa and examined the readiness of the continent’s Internet infrastructure to help mitigate those challenges. Mr Eddy Kayihura was a panellist in this event and gave a presentation on network traffic usage and trend in Africa during Covid-19.

AFRINIC also took part in the African Telecommunications Union’s (ATU) third Preparatory meeting for WTSA-20 that took place online from 27th - 30th July 2020.

We believe that the continued dialogue and the promotion of technical understanding with policymakers will work towards creating a synergy that can help bridge the gap between the technical and policy communities.


Collaboration with the Internet Society (ISOC)

isoc llogoAFRINIC and ISOC have been partners for many years and have collaborated on numerous projects. The two organisations have in the past conducted training and workshops focused on enhancing the capacity of African experts on Internet infrastructure, promoted and advocated for the expansion of Internet access across Africa, built community networks and Internet Exchange Points.

On 23 June AFRINIC participated in the webinar hosted by the Internet Society (ISOC) as they launched the "Anchoring the African Internet Ecosystem – Lessons from Kenya and Nigeria’s Internet Exchange Point Growth" Report.

On 24 July, the Internet Society (ISOC) and AFRINIC signed an MoU to cement their collaboration on the Africa Internet Measurement Project. The partnership agreement seeks to promote Internet access and connectivity in Africa. ISOC and AFRINIC have been working closely in the last few years to increase internet access and connectivity in the African continent. The two institutions have now concluded a joint agreement to work to promote research, capacity building around Internet Measurement, Routing Security, Internet Engineering Task Force-Africa (IETF-Africa,) and Internet exchange point. Read more on this collaboration here.


Regional Cooperation

global collabAs the Regional Internet Registry for Africa, AFRINIC is keen on partnering with key stakeholders in the Northern, Eastern, Southern, Central, Western Africa and Indian Ocean regions, by sharing valuable recommendations on Africa's sustainable development through Internet technology usage.

We highlight here our engagement activities with several organisations within our service region.

1) Cooperation in North Africa

AFRINIC was given an observer member status in the Arab Internet and Telecom Union - Arab Regional ISPs and DSPs Association (ARISPA), as both organisations look forward to joining forces to promote Internet development in the Arabic speaking countries in our service region predominantly in North Africa.

AFRINIC also took part in the GSR-20 Regional Regulatory Roundtable Discussion on Competition Policy and Analysis in a Digital Apps environment for the Arab and Africa Regions, on 20 August 2020.

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2) Cooperation in the East African region

In Kigali, Rwanda, Mr Kayihura met with Dr Ally Yahaya Simba, Executive Secretary of the East African Communications Organisation (EACO). The two discussed opportunities for cooperation between AFRINIC and EACO on matters of Internet development and IPv6 deployment in the Eastern Region.

AFRINIC’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Eddy Kayihura also participated in the Ethiopian Internet Development Conference 2020 (EIDC) in Addis Ababa from 3-5 March 2020. Mr Kayihura highlighted AFRINIC's leading role in education and capacity building as well as IP infrastructure development and reinforcement throughout the African region in his keynote speech.


3) Collaboration in West Africa

The West Africa Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF) aimed to promote Internet Governance issues in West Africa through a multi-stakeholder process. As part of their efforts, they organised the West Africa School on Internet Governance (WASIG) where AFRINIC presented on ''The Internet Address System''.

AFRINIC also participated in the Benin School of Internet Governance 2020 from 7-9 September 2020, and made a presentation on the topic ' From the School of Internet Governance, All Online ".

The Nigeria Youth IGF was held on 23 September 2020 and saw Mr Abiade Dosomnu from AFRINIC present on the topic ''Cyber Security & Cyber Crime - Enabling a secure and sustainable internet for all''.

On 10 October Mr Eddy Kayihura gave a welcome address during the Ivory Coast - Citizen Dialogue on the Future of the Internet. AFRINIC's Mr Brice Abba in parallel conducted a session at Benin under the theme, Citizen Dialogue on the Future of the Internet

AFRINIC, in collaboration with Facebook and ISOC Cote D’Ivoire, organised a webinar on 28 May 2020 to address the issue of fake news and Facebook's approach to tackle fake news through Facebook's fact-checking programme. The speakers included: Mrs Balkissa Idé Siddo, The Public Policy Manager- Facebook and Mr Brice Abba, Community Development Manager- AFRINIC.


4) Collaboration in Southern Africa

On 31 January AFRINIC and INX ZA - an autonomous division of the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) of South Africa signed an MoU. The purpose of this MoU is to allow for more opportunities for collaboration, partnering. The MoU also covers regulating the current understanding between the parties pertaining to the services being provided. INX-ZA provides AFRINIC with the right to peer at, and store data on INX-ZA’s infrastructure.


5) Collaboration in the Indian Ocean

AFRINIC's Mr Arthur Cardinal participated in the Mauritius IGF 2020 and Indian Ocean Island States IGF 2020 on the topic "Connecting The Digital Dots in Africa".


6) Cooperation in Central Africa

AFRINIC partnered with the Central Africa Peering Forum (CAPF) for a webinar on the impact of Covid-19 on peering. AFRINIC’s Amreesh Phokeer was a panellist in this webinar.


The Africa Internet Summit (AIS’20)

ais20 onlineThe African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) in collaboration with the Africa Network Operators Group (AfNOG) have proudly concluded their first virtual conference (AIS’20). The event was originally planned to be held in Central Africa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was held virtually with over 500 attendees. AIS is still very keen on going to Central Africa and DRC as soon as possible. Read more on how the meeting went and the valuable lessons learnt throughout the process of organising AIS'20 Online here.


Other Online Events AFRINIC participated in

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In the context of the International Girls in ICT Day 2020, AFRINIC in partnership with the World Wide Web Foundation organised a webinar on 23 April 2020 to discuss the empowerment of women in the tech world. The webinar themed "Expand Horizons for African Women: Change attitudes in tech leadership" opened the floor to discussions around the critical role of African women in the ICT sector.

Mr Kayihura made a presentation on the topic, ''The New Normal Digital as a competitive necessity'' during the Africa Tech Leaders Webinar Series, involving Tech and thought leaders across various sectors in Africa. He shared his perspective on the role and benefits of the Internet to African Businesses at different levels stressing the need to carry along those at the bottom of the pyramid to achieve real progress whilst also highlighting the importance of mitigating the risks primarily associated with cyber-attacks.

AFRINIC participated in the Africa Cyber Defense Forum 2020 virtual meeting held on 24 and 25 June 2020. This year’s theme was 'A More Secure World, More Business Activity, and More Jobs’. This forum engaged top-level government, Technology experts, business leaders, and other leaders of society to shape the continental, regional, and industry agendas in the African cyberspace. AFRINIC Chief Executive Officer, Mr Eddy Kayihura was a panellist on 'National Security, Cyberthreats and Governance' session, while Mr Brice Abba, the Community Development Manager at AFRINIC moderated the session on 'Building Cyber Resilience Post COVID-19'.Mr Phokeer made a presentation on "Building a resilient Internet in Africa” at LINX Presents on 15 October 2020.

In addition, AFRINIC signed MoUs with the Nigerian Communications Commission for IPv6 Deployment and Internet Measurement and a Cooperation MoU with the Smart Africa Secretariat. The two organisations will collaborate on the development of a Master Plan to promote Internet governance and broadband deployment on the African continent.

AFRINIC also provided support to regional organisations through their ICT initiatives across Africa and in 2020 AFRINIC sponsored the following events: ZANOG, I-week, Internet Society - Ethiopia Internet Development Conference 2020, the Kondoa Community Network and the South Sudan IGF.


Future Collaboration

AFRINIC is currently exploring avenues for growing collaboration with its membership and community. Accordingly, we invite partnering organisations interested in hosting and organising engagements projects and bringing these to their local communities to reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Author: Arthur Cardinal

Head of Stakeholder Engagement



On Tuesday 10 November 2020, we sent a system-generated email for the outstanding balances of our membership.

We noticed that there was an error in the configuration of the system which picked the 2021 invoices, which are not yet due, in addition to the outstanding balances as at 31 October 2020.

Unfortunately, this came to the attention of our team this afternoon after our membership had received the email.

The error has since been fixed.

We would like to offer an apology for the inconvenience.




PeeringDB Satisfaction Survey

pdb logo rect colouredPeeringDB is a freely available database of networks 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. The database was set up to facilitate peering between networks and peering coordinators and provides peering and peering related information including all types of interconnection data for networks, clouds, services, and enterprise, as well as interconnection facilities that are developing at the edge of the Internet.

PeeringDB’s services are provided free of charge because all costs are met by sponsors

PeeringDB wants input from network operators, exchange operators, facility providers, content distributors and anyone who uses our interconnection database.

We are running an anonymous satisfaction survey until 23:59 UTC on 20 November 2020 and would like your feedback to help us make PeeringDB more useful to everyone involved in connecting networks.

We haven’t had the diversity of input we’d like in previous surveys, so we are making an extra effort to reach parts of the community who weren’t aware of our previous surveys. That’s why we are teaming up with AFRINIC to get the message out.

The survey will help us understand what is important to you and how satisfied you are with what we are doing. We will use your responses to focus our product roadmap on the improvements that will make things better for you. If you have specific comments or suggestions we’d love you to leave them along with your ratings.


Input from all PeeringDB users on what is important and what needs improving is essential. Telling us what you value and what you need us to improve will help us make PeeringDB better for you and make peering easier for all.” Steve McManus, PeeringDB Product Committee Chair


This is the first survey we are making available in multiple languages. In this survey, we are using the six UN languages for the questions. That said, we’re happy with people providing free text comments in another whichever language they are happiest expressing themselves.

We’ll share the results and the new product roadmap early in 2021.

If you have a specific 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..



About the Author


leo vLeo 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.




DNS Flag Day 2020

The Domain Name System (DNS) is one of the most critical services for the daily functioning of the Internet. It allows names to be resolved into IP addresses and vice versa through a hierarchical system of distributed servers. As a prelude to the DNS Flag day 2020, a study was conducted to assess the EDNS and TCP readiness level of authoritative DNS servers (Name Server - NS) on reverse zones of IP addresses allocated by AFRINIC to its members and authoritative servers of African ccTLD domains. Such a study makes it possible to assess the level of DNS compliance in Africa with good practices related to EDNS, but also to highlight various related aspects of good practices and DNS standards such as location, geographic distribution, resilience, and IPv6 accessibility or reachability of these authoritative servers.

Community Engagement: Strategic Plan 2021-2023

We are pleased to inform you that we are in the final leg of developing AFRINIC’s Strategic Plan 2021-2023. Please see the final draft here (


Countdown to AIS’20 Online: Are you looking forward to AIS’20 Online as we are?

AIS’20 Online is approaching fast. AIS staff is currently busy with the preparations for the first virtual Africa Internet Summit conference to be held from 14 to 18 September 2020 at 0900-1300 UTC. AIS’20 Online registration closed on 6 September and recorded more than 690 participants registered on our platform.


Here is what we have in store for you

Prior to the meeting proper, we have planned the Newcomers Session on 11 September 2020 at 0900-1300 UTC. This is a session for delegates attending the meeting for the first time. The session will provide updates from AFRINIC, the services the organisation offers, the Internet ecosystem, the African Internet community, Internet number resources management, policy development, some current initiatives like AFRINIC’s fellowship programme. ISOC and ICANN have also been invited to participate and will also present on their activities.

1) AfNOG Day

A lot is lined up during AFNOG Day on 14 September. Andrew Sullivan, CEO and President Internet Society will give the Goodwill message during the Opening. This will be followed by a very interesting panel on 50 Years of the Internet. The session will also have former ICANN Board Chair and Author RFC-1, Steve Crocker, and Prof. Nii Quaynor. The session will be moderated by Adiel Akplogan, the former CEO of AFRINIC and currently the Vice President for Technical Engagement at ICANN. This will be followed by updates by regional NOGs. Simon Mayoye, Christian Nzhie, Edem Kobla Nunekpeku, Isabela Odida and Sara Alamin will give the updates.

This session will be followed by a technical panel moderated by Alan Barrett. Sara Armstrong from ISOC will be presenting on The Internet Society Foundation: Overview and new Programs of interest to Africa. There will also be a presentation on Internet Measurement by Mat Ford and David Belson of ISOC, Cloud Africa by Danny Afahounko and LDPv6 In The Real World by Mark Tinka.

Alain Aina will close the day with a panel discussion on the Future of AfNOG.


2) AF* Day

Organisations constituting the African Internet ecosystem or the AF* will provide updates to delegates on their activities on 15 September.

The history of these institutions will also be highlighted by Pierre Dandjinou after which there will be an open interaction with the community moderated by Alain Aina.


3) Policy Meeting

Policy discussions will take place on 16 and 17 September. Among others, policy proposals will be discussed. These include:

  1. Simple PDP Update for the new Normal -AFPUB-2020-GEN-003-DRAFT01
  2. PDP Working Group (WG) Guidelines and Procedures AFPUB-2020-GEN-002-DRAFT01
  3. Board Prerogatives on the PDP AFPUB-2020-GEN-004-DRAFT01
  4. Policy Compliance Dashboard AFPUB-2020-GEN-001-DRAFT01
  5. Chairs Elections Process AFPUB-2019-GEN-007-DRAFT02
  6. Impact Analysis is Mandatory AFPUB-2019-GEN-005-DRAFT01
  7. Abuse Contact Policy Update AFPUB-2018-GEN-001-DRAFT06
  8. RPKI ROAs for Unallocated and Unassigned AFRINIC Address Space AFPUB-2019-GEN-006-DRAFT02
  9. AFRINIC Number Resources Transfer Policy AFPUB-2019-GEN-002-DRAFT02
  10. Resource Transfer Policy AFPUB-2019-V4-003-DRAFT01


4) Elections and Annual General Members Meeting (AGMM)

The last day of the AGMM will begin with a Board Community Engagement session followed by AFRINIC General Members Meeting.

AFRINIC will hold several elections namely for the Policy Development Working Group co-chair, NRO/NC ASO AC, Governance Committee and Board positions.


5) Live Streaming

AIS'20 will be streamed live on the AFRINIC YouTube and Facebook channels. Be sure to follow and subscribe:


We look forward to welcoming you to AIS’20 Online.


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