The role of Internet Exchange Points in creating Internet capacity and bringing autonomy to developing nations

16 November 2009 - A Workshop on Access in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

Agenda

The main themes to be covered in this workshop are: an explanation of how Internet bandwidth, the capacity to route Internet traffic, is produced within Internet exchange points, an overview of the distribution of Internet exchange points globally, and discussion of the role of Internet exchange points in making developing regions autonomous from the draining expense of international telecommunications carriage. The creation of an Internet exchange point is the single most economically-empowering decision that the Internet community within any region can make, and the one which will most secure their future as an independent and viable center of local content and online community.

Moderator name: Sam Paltridge
Affiliation: The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Area of expertise: Communications economics and development
Contact: sam.paltridge@oecd.org

Panelist name: Michuki Mwangi
Affiliation: The Internet Society
Area of expertise: Internet exchange point organization and management 
(Africa)
Contact: mwangi@isoc.org

Panelist name: Bill Woodcock
Affiliation: Packet Clearing House
Area of expertise: Internet exchange point construction and economics
Contact: woody@pch.net

Panelist name: Roque Gagliano
Affiliation: NAPLA
Area of expertise: Internet operator coordination (Latin America)
Contact: roque@lacnic.net

Panelist name: Paulos Nyirenda
Affiliation: Malawi Internet Exchange Point
Area of expertise: Internet exchange point operations and management 
(Africa)
Contact: paulos@sdnp.org.mw

Panelist name: Tariq Hussain
Affiliation: Gateway Gulf
Area of expertise: Internet exchange point operations and management 
(Middle East)
Contact: tariqh@gatewaygulf.net

Panelist name: Max Larson
Affiliation: AHTIC Internet Exchange Point
Area of expertise: Internet exchange point operations and management 
(Caribbean)
Contact: larson.henry@fds.edu.ht