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Mauritius Prepares to Hosts 10th Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum as Event Seeks to Speed up Continent’s Digital Revolution

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The Internet Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of the Internet, and African IXP Association (AFIX), a group of Internet exchange point operators from across the continent have come together to help speed up Africa’s digital revolution.

The two organisations have announced that they will hold the 10th edition of an event dubbed the annual Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) in Port Louis, Mauritius from the 20th to the 22nd of August, 2019 in collaboration with the local host, financial tech company, Rogers Capital.

AfPIF is an annual event that serves as a platform to develop the African Internet. It brings key infrastructure, service, and content providers together in order to improve network interconnection, lower the cost of connectivity, and increase the number of users in the region. First held in 2010, the event was created to address the realization 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 including providers of international, regional, and sub-regional transport, transit, and content as well as more than 20 Internet Exchange Point (IXP) operators. This year’s attendance is expected to exceed that.

“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,” explained Michuki Mwangi, Senior Development Manager for Africa at the Internet Society.

“AfPIF is the only event in Africa focused on building the Internet by building relationships. It plays a key role in bringing together different parties to increase local traffic exchange across the continent,” he added.

“Our target is to localize 80% of Africa’s Internet traffic by 2020, and I believe we’re well on our way,” said Kyle Spencer, Co-Coordinator of the African IXP Association.

“Packet Clearing House reports that Africa currently sees the highest growth of domestic bandwidth production in the world, registering a 92% increase from 410 (gigabytes per second) 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,” he added.

“As a diversified and sophisticated business hub for the region, we believe Mauritius may help open new business perspectives for the AFPIF delegates,” commented Dev Hurkoo, Managing Director, Rogers Capital-Technology.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the delegates in August 2019 and to providing our support for the development of Internet Infrastructure in Africa,” he said.

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