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

4 December 2008 - A Workshop on Internet Governance for Development in Hyderabad, India


This workshop will build upon the highly successfully IXP Best Practices Session at the 2007 IGF in Rio.  Several themes will be addressed, particularly how Internet bandwidth, the capacity to route Internet traffic, is produced within Internet exchange points; the role of Internet exchange points in making developing regions economically autonomous; how Internet exchange points foster the development of local content and culture; and how IXPs facilitate other critical infrastructure like the Domain Name System. 

Best practices and challenges associated with IXP implementation will also be discussed, in order to give workshop attendees a practical roadmap to establishing IXPs in their regions


  • Moderator: Sam Paltridge, OECD
  • Michuki Mwangi, ISOC
  • Bill Woodcock, PCH
  • Salam Yamout, Beirut Internet Exchange
  • Sumon Ahmed Sabir, Bangladesh Internet Exchange

This session is the result of the merger of proposed sessions 67, 56, and 5, and is jointly sponsored by Packet Clearing House (PCH), the Internet Society (ISOC), and the World Information Technology Services Alliance (WITSA). 

The Internet Society is a global non-profit organization whose 28,000+ members worldwide come from all stakeholder groups.

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is a consortium of over 60 information technology (IT) industry associations from economies around the world. WITSA members represent over 90 percent of the world IT market.

Sam Paltridge leads the OECD's project of the economic impact of ICTs generally, and Internet exchange points more specifically, on developing countries.  One of the outcomes of this year's OECD Ministerial was a conclusion that Internet exchange points were critical to the expansion of the global Internet economy, and should be established in any country where they don't yet exist.  Sam was one of last year's panelists, and adds economic and intergovernmental policy experience to this conversation.


Michuki Mwangi was one of the founders, and subsequently the managing director, of the Kenya Internet Exchange Point in Nairobi, and has subsequently joined ISOC in order to bring IXP expertise to that organization.  Michuki was one of last year's panelists, and has a background in national communications regulation as well as IXPs.

Bill Woodcock is research director of Packet Clearing House, the international non-governmental organization that provides support for critical Internet infrastructure, including Internet exchange points and the core of the domain name system.  In addition to his not-for-profit research and policy work, Bill has operated international commercial Internet service provision and content delivery networks since 1989 and, in addition to PCH, serves on the boards of the non-profit American Registry for Internet Numbers and Internet Capacity Development Consortium.

Salam Yamout is a Program Manager in Cisco's Social Responsibility group.  As part of her role in the Partnership for Lebanon initiative, Salam brought together Lebanon's Internet service providers, IT industry, and government to create Lebanon's first Internet exchange point, which is also the second IXP in the Arab League countries, after Cairo.  Salam's work in the Partnership for Lebanon aims to modernize the country's communications infrastructure, in order to achieve economic growth and position the country to compete regionally and globally. 

Sumon Ahmed Sabir has been involved with Bangladesh Internet Industry since its inception, notably as one of the principal founders of the Bangladesh Internet Exchange, BDIX. Sumon is presently Managing Director and CTO of BDCOM Online Limited, one of the Bangladesh's largest ISPs. He is also an executive of the ISP Association of Bangladesh and the founding chair of Bangladesh's newly established BDCERT.