Accessibility, local content at the core of Africa's internet challenge

8 February 2019

Internet

The Internet Society and African IXP Association (AFIX) will host the 10th annual Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) in Port Louis, Mauritius from 20-22 August, 2019 in collaboration with the local host, Rogers Capital Technology.

AfPIF is an annual event that serves as a platform to develop the African internet, with a specific focus on improving network interconnection, lowering the cost of connectivity, and increasing the number of users in the region.

Michuki Mwangi, Senior Development Manager for Africa at the Internet Society said, "Removing barriers to content availability and distribution will have significant impacts on the internet in Africa. It will help to make existing international content more accessible."

Kyle Spencer, Co-Coordinator of the African IXP Association said, "Our target is to localise 80% of Africa's internet traffic by 2020, and I believe we're well on our way. Packet Clearing House reports that Africa currently sees the highest growth of domestic bandwidth production in the world, registering a 92% increase from 410 Gbps to 786 Gbps within the last 12 months - and our internal industry benchmarking data corroborates this. It's an exciting time for Africa, and we look forward to building on this momentum in Mauritius."

Dev Hurkoo, Managing Director, Rogers Capital Technology, added that Mauritius could offer delegates new business perspectives.

"We are pleased to host AFPIF 2019 in Mauritius especially with the special privilege that this year's event will coincide with the celebration of its 10 years of existence. As a diversified and sophisticated business hub for the region, we believe Mauritius may help open new business perspectives for the AFPIF delegates."

AfPIF was first held in 2010 and established to address the realisation that most of Africa's internet traffic is sourced or exchanged outside the continent.

Over 400 participants attended last year's AfPIF in Cape Town, South Africa.

Source: Press Release