This year’s African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF), organized by the Internet Society will be held 3-5 September 2013 in Casablanca, Morocco.  The forum will focus on Policy Aspects of IXPs, Content, and Cross-Border Interconnections in Africa.

The three-day program will bring together key stakeholders, including Internet service and content providers, IXP operators, research and education networks, government network managers, regulators and policymakers to share experiences and advance peering and interconnection arrangements.

AfPIF facilitates discussions on African Internet infrastructure challenges, including terrestrial capacity issues, national and regional Internet Exchange Point (IXP) development, local content development, measures to lower connectivity costs, and international peering.

The Ministry of Industry, Trade, and New Technologies of Morocco has accorded High Patronage on this event.

The theme of AfPIF 2013 is “Policy Implementation and the Regional Content Factor”. The forum will address region-to-region policy, tapping into terrestrial cable potential and traffic management needs, as well as content issues that are critical components of transit deficits.

“Nearly all peering and interconnection agreements are forged at regional and global peering forums such as AfPIF. We are pleased to offer this important event for the fourth consecutive year and provide an opportunity for the business and operational community to work together to augment Internet infrastructure and services in Africa,” said Dawit Bekele, Internet Society Regional Bureau Director for Africa.

We wish all participants fruitful deliberations as they push forward the African technologies and come up with solutions to the current challenges.