ZICTA to host AFRINIC conference

By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia

Zambia will this year host the African Internet Summit, an annual conference organised by the African Network Information Center (AFRINIC), which is basically Africa’s internet registry. According to the Zambian Watchdog publication, the event will see regulators, operators and other internet connectivity stakeholders on the continent come together for two weeks to discuss promoting access, policy and regulation of the industry.

The actual host of the conference in Zambia is the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA), Zambia’s telecom sector regulator and the Internet Service Providers Association of Zambia (ISPAZ).

“This year’s conference is intended to provide a more business-oriented structure to better the needs of operators in Africa,” said the Zambian Watchdog source.

The growth of the internet in Africa, the source said, is going to be through mobile operators, and AFRINIC will reaffirm its support to all African Network Operators at the conference.

Some of the topics to be discussed at the conference include; internet infrastructure, open internet standards, Social Media, Mobile Apps and IPv6, among others.

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