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Lagos to host 27th public policy meeting of AFRINIC

The African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) in collaboration with the Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NiRA), will host in Lagos hundreds of key players in the African and global Internet industry sector at the 27th public policy meeting of AFRINIC, regional Internet registry for Africa.
The event tagged. AFRINIC 27, which is held annually is a platform for technocrats and business to discuss policies, trends, resources and challenges in growing Internet for sustainable development in Africa and the Indian Ocean Region.
The event consists of keynote speeches, policy discussions, seminars, workshops, tutorials and other forums for sharing ICT knowledge within the African region.
The 2016 edition was held in Mauritius; and was attended by over 250 delegates from 48 countries around the world. Registration for the event is ongoing through the meeting’s website.
Although Internet penetration in Africa has grown from 11 per cent to 28.6 per cent in just five years, despite challenges, such as, cyber security, it is lower when compared to the rest of the world.
Measurable parameters such as Internet Protocol (IP) address allocations show that the continent is quite lagging behind.
For example, in April 2017, AFRINIC entered the depletion phase of fourth version of IP Addresses (IPv4) way behind of the other four continental regional Internet registries who are already distributing the newest version IPv6 in earnest.
Tony Nwakaegho

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