AFNOG & AFRINIC JOINT ANNOUNCEMENT, MAY/JUNE 2008
9th AfNOG MEETING
The African Network Operators' Group (AfNOG) and the African Network
Information Centre (AfriNIC) are pleased to announce that the 9th AfNOG
Meeting and the AfriNIC-8 Meeting will be held Rabat, Morocco,
in May /June 2008.
ABOUT THE ENTIRE EVENT
AfNOG and AfriNIC are jointly organising 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 Public Policy Meeting and Annual General Meeting.
In addition, several side meetings and workshops will be hosted
in collaboration with other organizations such as the AAU and ISOC.
Further information about the event may be found at
<http://www.afnog.org/afnog2008/> and <http://www.afrinic.net/meeting/>.
Unix Boot Camp 24 - 25 May 2008 (Saturday - Sunday)
AfNOG Workshop 26 - 30 May 2008 (Monday - Friday)
AfriNIC IPV6 W/shop 31 May - 1 June 2008 (Saturday - Sunday)
AfREN Meeting 31 May - 1 June 2008 (Saturday - Sunday)
AfNOG Tutorials 1 - 2 June 2008 (Sunday - Monday)
AfriNIC LIR W/shop 2 June 2008 (Monday)
AfNOG Meeting 3 June 2008 (Tuesday)
AfriNIC-8 Meeting 4 - 5 June 2008 (Wednesday - Thursday)
Africa INET Day 6 June 2008 (Friday)
The Workshop, Tutorials, AfREN Forum, IPv6, LIR (24 May - 2nd June
will be held at Mohammadia Engineering Institute, Rabat. All
Conferences (3 - 6 June 2008) will be held at the Golden Tulip Farah,
AfNOG (see <http://www.afnog.org/>) is a forum for cooperation
and the exchange of technical information between operators of
Internet-connected networks in Africa. AfNOG has organised
an event like this one every year since 2000.
AfriNIC (see <http://www.afrinic.net/>) is a Regional Internet
Registry (RIR), responsible for Internet resources Mangement in
Africa region. AfriNIc organises two Public Policy meetings every
year (see <http://www.afrinic.net/meeting/>).
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 2007 in eight 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 four parallel tracks:
SA-E - Unix System Administration (in English), focused on
using a Unix-like operating system as a platform for
delivery of Internet services.
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.
SI-F - Infrastructure Reseaux IP (en francais),
similar to SI-E, but given in French.
Further information and online application form for the workshop can be
found at <http://www.afnog.org/afnog2008/workshop/online_application.html>
The Africa Research and Education Networking community will be
holding a two-day meeting on 31 May and 1 June 2008. The meeting will
discuss issues of interest to the NREN community such as coordination on
activites in the region, advocacy, bandwidth consortia, regional RENs
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.
9th AfNOG MEETING
The 9th AfNOG meeting will be held in Rabat, Morocco, on
3 June 2008. 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 2007 conference in Abuja, Nigeria, drew over 165
participants, mainly consisting of network engineering staff
from national service providers, and members of the research and
People interested in making a presentation or chairing
a panel discussion at the AfNOG meeting are invited to
to submit a proposal, following the instructions at
The AfriNIC-8 meeting will be held in Rabat, Morocco, on 4 and
5 June 2008. 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
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
Further information is available at <http://www.afrinic.net/meeting/>.
ISOC - INET AfRICA MEETING
The Internet Society will be organizing an INET Africa Conference on
6 June 2008 in conjunction with the AfriNIC 8 and AfNOG 9 meetings in
Rabat, Morocco. This meeting will focus on technical as well as policy
aspects surrounding Internet standards development and applications,
with special attention on localisation and education initiatives, and
efforts to further internationalise the Internet. The meeting is also
expected to open discussion on Internet governance issues of importance
to the continent.
Issued jointly by AfNOG and AfriNIC
AfNOG 2008 WORKSHOP ON NETWORK TECHNOLOGY - APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION
Please see <http://www.afnog.org/afnog2008/workshop/> for
information about the AfNOG 2008 Workshop on Network Technology.
If you have questions regarding this announcement and application, they
may be addressed to: <[log in to unmask]>
WHERE TO APPLY
- You can fill in an application on line, at
- You can download a copy of the application form from
request a copy via email to <[log in to unmask]>.
Then fill it in off-line, and email it to
<[log in to unmask]>.
The "Subject" line of the message should contain your surname or
family name in the following format:
Subject: AfNOG Workshop Application: <your-family-name>
WHEN TO APPLY
Application forms must be submitted no later than 7 December 2007.
Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the program
and the amount of financial aid available (if any) on or about 31st
INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED ON YOUR APPLICATION
Please ensure that all of the contact information you submit is and
accurate, or we will not be able to contact you.
Please give detailed answers to the questions about your work and
If your are applying for financial assistance from AfNOG, please
do not forget to answer the questions about other funding sources
available to you.
A. PERSONAL DATA
FAMILY NAME (LAST NAME, SURNAME) ONLY:
Date of birth:
Name as it appears on passport or other travel document:
Country issuing passport:
Date passport was issued:
Date of passport expiration:
Knowledge of English /French: Please rate your knowledge in these
Listening/comprehension: minimal / fair / good / excellent
Reading: minimal / fair / good / excellent
Speaking: minimal / fair / good / excellent
Writing: minimal / fair / good / excellent
Please indicate with an asterisk (*) the most reliable addresses and
telephone/fax numbers above which can be used to reach you.
B. COURSE OF INSTRUCTION
Instructional track applied for (Please select only one track; the tracks
will run concurrently):
[ ] SA-E - UNIX SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION
[ ] SS-E- SCALABLE INTERNET SERVICES
[ ] SI-E - SCALABLE NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE
[ ] SI-F - INFRASTRUCTURE RESEAUX (French Track - equivanent to SI-E)
Please indicate your specific interests within the area you have chosen:
C. TECHNICAL SKILLS
1. Are you a UNIX user? How much have you used it?
2. Have you been a UNIX system administrator? Describe your experience
(length of time, versions, etc.).
3 Have you used/administered TCP/IP networks? Describe.
4. Have you set up and/or administered any of the following?
Please give details.
- bind or any other nameservers
- majordomo/mailman or other list manager
- apache/IIS web systems
5. Have you configured or otherwise managed any of the following?
- network monitoring
D. DESCRIPTION OF ROLE IN NATIONAL NETWORKING ACTIVITIES
Bearing in mind that this information will be used to determine whether
to admit you to the workshop, please provide in the format of your
choice the following information about yourself. Please be sure that it
is sufficiently clear, well organized and adequate for this purpose.
1. A description of your current employer, your position, your duties
and responsibilities, and how they relate to current and future data
networking activities in your country.
2. A brief description of your computing and networking environment
(operating systems, networking software, modems, etc.), including the
connectivity of your organization to the Internet and your country's
connectivity to the international Internet.
3a. Scope of your institution (check all categories that apply):
[ ] Commercial Network Provider
[ ] Academic Network Provider
[ ] NGO Network Provider
[ ] Other (Specify)______________
3b. Approximate number of full time staff at your institution:________
4. How your training and current work prepare and qualify you for the
track you wish to attend.
5. How you expect to use the knowledge you gain at the workshop after
you return to your country.
6. If you have previously attended AfNOG/INET Workshops for Developing
a. Year and track you attended:
b. A precise description of how you have used the training you have
received in the past:
c. The significant advances in networking which have occurred in your
country specifically because of your knowledge and effort:
E. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Your application must contain the following complete information if you
wish to be considered for financial support to attend the workshop.
The Workshop fee is US$1,600. This includes accommodation and meals.
Applicants are usually expected to provide their own funding (from
whatever sources). However AfNOG or its sponsors may make a limited
financial assistance available to deserving candidates. Even if you
request financial assistance you might not receive any, and your
acceptance into the Workshop will be conditional on your ability to
provide all or most of the funding yourself. Although you may be well
qualified and in great need of financial assistance, the maximum funds
AfNOG or its sponsors may provide is US$1,000 in financial assistance
for BOTH WORKSHOP FEES AND AIRFARE.
Payment for the workshop may be made by funds transfer, bank / certified
cheque or in cash. Further details will be provided in the admission
letter to successful candidates.
NOTE : YOUR ACCEPTANCE INTO THE WORKSHOP MAY BEPEND ON YOUR ABILITY TO
SOME OR ALL THE WORKSHOP FEES.
1. Are you are requesting financial aid from the AfNOG Workshop for
attending the workshop and meetings?
[ ] Yes
[ ] No
2. If you are requesting financial aid to cover the workshop fee, please
provide a complete list of funding sources in the following form. The
list should contain all sources of funds that are available to you for
payment of the workshop fee. The amounts should total U.S.$1,600.
1. Your Institution -- U.S.$ __________
2. Your Government -- U.S.$ __________
3. From international organizations -- U.S.$ __________
4. Your personal contribution -- U.S.$ __________
5. Amount you ask from AfNOG -- U.S.$ __________ (less than $1,000)
TOTAL Income = U.S.$1,600.00
(PLEASE SELECT ONLY ONE - WORKSHOP FEES OR AIRFARE)
3. Will you need financial assistance for airfare? If so, how much will
you or your institution be contributing?
[ ] No, assistance for airfare not needed.
[ ] Yes, assistance needed. (less than $1,000)
Amount of your contribution: U.S.$_________
4. If you are requesting financial support for airfare, please provide a
good estimate of round trip, lowest economy excursion airfare
between your place of residence and Cassablanca, Morocco, in May 2008.
(Flights from Africa terminate at Cassablanca, connection to Rabat can
be made by bus or train).
3. Type of fare:
4. City of departure:
5. Source of your estimate:
Signature (your name as you would sign it): __________________________