AfNOG-13 and AfriNIC-16: Meetings 6 - 18 May, 2012

The African Network Operators' Group (AfNOG) and the African Network Information Centre (AfriNIC) are pleased to announce that the 13th AfNOG Workshop & Meeting and the AfriNIC-16 Meeting would be held in Serekunda, The Gambia from 6th - 18th May 2012. Every year, hundreds of Network Engineers from across the IT industry in the Africa Continent world attend the Annual AfNOG Event. "While AfNOG fuels the rapid growth of Internet in Africa with trained technical capacity, our content has been determined by the needs of the community. In so doing AfNOG's output training capacity has multiplied in the past decade and the community flourished"

About the Entire Event

AfNOG and AfriNIC are jointly organizing a two-week event that includes the AfNOG Workshop on Network Technology (offering advanced training in a week-long hands-on workshop), several full-day Advanced Tutorials, a one-day AfNOG Meeting, and a two-day AfriNIC Meeting.

In addition, several side meetings and workshops will be hosted in collaboration with other organizations.

Who Should Attend

Network engineers in the Africa region who wish to acquire the necessary skill in IT must can attend this Workshop.

Local Host

The Local Host for AfNOG 2012 is QCell.

Time Table

Unix Boot Camp6 May 2012 (Sunday)
AfNOG Workshop 7 - 11 May 2012 (Monday - Friday
CERT Training (AfricaCERT)7 - 11 May 2012 (Monday - Friday)
Web Workshop 12 May 2012 (Saturday)
ISOC Standards Day 12 May 2012 (Saturday)
Internet Number Resource Management 12 May 2012 (Saturday)
AfriNIC IPv6 for Managers 12 May 2012 (Saturday)
AfricaCERT Cybersecurity Day 12 May 2012 (Saturday)
Ipv6 for Engineers13 - 14 May 2012 (Sunday - Monday)
AfNOG Tutorials13 - 14 May 2012 (Sunday - Monday)
AfREN Meeting / AAF 14 May 2012 (Monday)
AfGWG 14 May 2012 (Monday)
AfNOG-13 Conference15 May 2012 (Tuesday)
African Operators Day (AfOPs)16 May 2012 (Wednesday)
AfriNIC-16 Meeting 17 May 2012 (Thursday)
AfriNIC-16 Meeting 18 May 2012 (Friday)

Venue & Hotel

The Kairaba Beach Hotel
PMB 390 - Serrekunda
The Gambia, West Africa
Tel.: +220 446 1410/446 2940/1/2
Fax: +220 446 1107

About AfNOG

AfNOG (See is a forum for cooperation and the exchange of technical information between operators of Internet-connected networks in Africa. AfNOG has organized an event like this one every year since 2000.

About AfriNIC

AfriNIC (See is a Regional Internet Registry (RIR), responsible for Internet Number resources Management in the Africa region. AfriNIC organizes two Public Policy meetings every year (see

AfNOG Workshop on Network Technology

The AfNOG Workshop on Network Technology aims to offer advanced training to people who are in the process of developing and enhancing an Internet-connected network with regional and international connectivity. The target audience includes senior and mid-level technical staff of commercial Internet service providers (ISPs), academic networks, government networks, or NGO networks.

This workshop builds on the experience of previous AfNOG workshops held annually from 2000 to 2011 in twelve different African countries, and also the Internet Society's INET workshops, held annually from 1993 to 2000 at eight locations around the world. The workshop's instructors are an international team with many years of experience operating large networks and teaching about network operations.

The workshop is divided into Six parallel tracks:

  • SS-E - Scalable Internet Services (in English), focused on the design and operation of email, web, and other Internet services, in ways that can scale to handle large numbers of end users.
  • SI-E - Scalable Network Infrastructure (in English), focused on the design and operation of networks using routers and switches, in ways that can scale to handle large numbers of interconnected sites.
  • NM-E - Network Monitoring & Management (English)
  • AR-E - Advanced Routing Techniques (English)
  • CT-E - CERT Training (English)
  • NM-F - Network Monitoring & Management (en francais), similar to track NM-E, but given in French.
Workshop application information is at :
**Workshop Deadline - 20 January, 2012

AfREN / Africa Asia Forum

The Africa Research and Education Networking (AfREN) and Africa Asia Forum communityl (AAF) will be holding a t one day meeting on 13 May 2012. The meeting will discuss issues of interest to the NREN community such as coordination on activites in the region, advocacy, bandwidth consortia, regional RENs etc.

Additional information on AfREN /AAF 2012 will be provided shortly.

AfNOG Tutorials

AfNOG will offer 1 to 2 full-day(s) tutorials on advanced topics. Tutorials take place in a classroom-style environment, and may include a hands-on practical component. Tutorials are non-commercial in nature, and most are technically oriented. They are intended to offer advanced training on technology already deployed or soon to be deployed on networking and related services provisioning for ISP operations.

Additional information about AfNOG 2012 Tutorials will be availabe here shortly.

13th AfNOG Meeting

The 13th AfNOG meeting will be held in Serekunda, Gambia 15 May 2012. AfNOG conferences provide a forum for the coordination and dissemination of technical information related to backbone/enterprise networking technologies and operational practices. The meetings are informal, with an emphasis on relevance to current and future African backbone engineering practices. The AfNOG 2011 conference in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania drew over 203 participants, mainly consisting of network engineering staff from national service providers, and members of the research and education community.

Additional information and the Conference schedule will be available here shortly.

AfriNIC-16 Meeting

The AfriNIC-16 meeting will be held in Serekunda, Gambia for two days from 16 - 17 May, 2012. AfriNIC Meetings are open to everyone and provide an excellent opportunity to take part in Internet policy discussions. These policies, which describe how Internet Number Resources should be managed and distributed, are developed by the community. The meeting will include tutorials, presentations, update on the various working groups and the AfriNIC Public Policy Meeting. The two day meeting will be preceeded by a two-day IPv6 training. The meeting will focus on the IPv6 protocol and its deployment, especially in Africa and the issue of the exhaustion of the IPv4 pool of address space. There will be an opportunity to discuss the challenges which our region will be facing with IPv4 address space exhaustion.

Further information will be available at

ISOC DAY and AfPIF Conference

The Internet Society will be organizing an ISOC DAY on 12th May and African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) on 18th May 2012 in conjunction with the AfNOG 14 and AfriNIC 16 meetings in Serrekunda, Gambia. The conference will discuss the situation of Internet Interconnection in Africa, the challenges as well as the solutions, including Internet Exchange Points.

The meeting agenda will be available in due course.

Visa Requirements

Citizens of certain countries require a visa to enter The Gambia. Please check with the Gambia Embassy or Consulate in your country.