East Africa country, Mauritius will host this year’s Peering and Interconnection Forum, an annual event that serves as a platform to develop the African Internet
According to a statement issued by the organizers: Internet Society and African IXP Association (AFIX), the 10th annual Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum will be held in Port Louis, from 20-22 August, 2019 in collaboration with the local host, Rogers Capital.
Attempt to make existing international content more accessible and remove barriers to content availability and distribution will be discussed at the forum.
“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,” explained Michuki Mwangi, Senior Development Manager for Africa at the Internet Society.
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.