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Spring’s early this year for iWeek 2018

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The annual gathering of Internet industry professionals, iWeek, that has been held every year for 17 years will be held in August for the first time ever, some two weeks earlier that its traditional September time slot. Registration via https://iweek.org.za/ is now open.

Founded and hosted by South Africa’s Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA), iWeek will be held in Cape Town, the third time this conference and exhibition attracting world-renowned experts and speakers is to be held in the Mother City.

By hosting the continent’s foremost conference on peering and interconnection, with support from both INX-ZA and NAPAfrica, ISPA is able to expose its members to the latest news and developments in global peering.

Most of the conference sessions that are slated to take place from 20 to 24 August 2018 at The Westin Hotel on the city’s Foreshore are open to the public and attendance is free to pre-registered delegates.

The change in timing is to accommodate iWeek’s new partners in the form of the Internet Society and the African IXP Association (AFIX) who will hold the 9th annual Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) at iWeek this year.

AfPIF is an annual event that serves as a platform to expand and develop the African Internet. It connects infrastructure, service, and content providers with policymakers in order to identify and discuss ways to improve network interconnection, lower the cost of connectivity, and increase the number of users in the region. Over 200 participants attended last year’s AfPIF in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire including providers of international, regional, and sub-regional transport, transit, and content as well as more than 20 IXPs from Africa and beyond.

This year’s event will be hosted in South Africa; home to the oldest Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Africa, the highest density of IXP’s per city in Africa, and the largest carrier neutral data center in Africa. As a thriving terrestrial infrastructure market and the continent’s most mature peering ecosystem, South Africa will provide a unique opportunity for attendees to learn from its remarkable experiences and explore a growing number of opportunities in the region.

“The first AfPIF was held in 2010 by the Internet Society from the realization that most of African Internet traffic is exchanged outside the continent, and the region could save costs by exchanging the Internet traffic locally. The target is to have at least 80% of the Internet traffic consumed in Africa being locally accessible, and only 20% sourced outside the continent by the year 2020. We are getting closer to that target every year thanks to AfPIF and many activities that promote interconnection and hosting in Africa”, says Dawit Bekele, Regional Bureau Director for Africa at Internet Society.

Internet Peering is a business relationship whereby two network operators agree to provide access to each other’s network at no cost. Internet users throughout Africa benefit from Peering as it enables faster, more affordable, and more reliable access to content.

About the Internet Society

Founded by Internet pioneers, the Internet Society (ISOC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of the Internet. Working through a global community of chapters and members, the Internet Society collaborates with a broad range of groups to promote the technologies that keep the Internet safe and secure, and advocates for policies that enable universal access. The Internet Society is also the organizational home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).  For more information visit www.internetsociety.org.

About AF-IX

The African IXP Association (AFIX) is a group of Internet exchange point operators from across Africa, brought together by a shared need to coordinate and exchange knowledge. It aims to foster an enabling environment for IXP operators, improve connectivity within the continent, and increase the Internet’s value for all. AFIX was established in 2012, joined the Internet eXchange Federation (IX-F) in 2014, and now organizes the annual African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF).

About ISPA

ISPA NPC is a non-profit company, and a recognized industry body which has represented the interests of ISPs since 1996.  ISPA has co-hosted the annual iWeek industry conference since 2001, bringing together business, government, civil society and members of the public to debate technical, policy and business matters relating to the Internet sector in South Africa. ISPA works with many different partners to ensure that iWeek includes fresh and relevant content each year and is thrilled to be hosting AfPIF during iWeek this year.

About INX-ZA

INX-ZA currently operates the only public Internet exchanges in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. SA’s first INX, JINX, began as a project of the Internet Service Providers’ Association of SA (ISPA) in 1996 and is now independently managed by INX-ZA, a community-elected and run organisation.

About NAP Africa

Established in 2012 as Africa’s first neutral Internet eXchange Point (IXP), NAPAfrica is a neutral, layer 2 IXP, located within each of the Teraco data centre facilities in South Africa.

For more on ISPA visit www.ispa.org.za

Media contacts:

Betel Hailu
Internet Society
hailu@isoc.org

Malcolm Siegel
ISPA
malcolm@ispa.org.za

Further Information

For further information, please contact the ISPA secretariat on the Contact ISPA page.