iWeek is South Africa’s leading annual Internet industry conference, and has been held each year since 2001.
iWeek, founded and hosted by South Africa’s Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA), will be held in Cape Town, the third time this conference and exhibition attracting world-renowned experts and speakers is to be held in the Mother City.
The change in timing from September to August in 2018 is to accommodate iWeek’s brand new and valued partners in the form of the Internet Society and the African IXP Association (AFIX) who will hold the 9th annual Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) at iWeek this year.
AfPIF is an annual event that serves as a platform to expand and develop the African Internet. It connects infrastructure, service, and content providers with policymakers in order to identify and discuss ways to improve network interconnection, lower the cost of connectivity, and increase the number of users in the region. Over 200 participants attended last year’s AfPIF in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire including providers of international, regional, and sub-regional transport, transit, and content as well as more than 20 IXPs from Africa and beyond.
This year’s event will be hosted in South Africa; home to the oldest Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Africa, the highest density of IXP’s per city in Africa, and the largest carrier neutral data center in Africa. As a thriving terrestrial infrastructure market and the continent’s most mature peering ecosystem, South Africa will provide a unique opportunity for attendees to learn from its remarkable experiences and explore a growing number of opportunities in the region.
“The first AfPIF was held in 2010 by the Internet Society from the realization that most of African Internet traffic is exchanged outside the continent, and the region could save costs by exchanging the Internet traffic locally. The target is to have at least 80% of the Internet traffic consumed in Africa being locally accessible, and only 20% sourced outside the continent by the year 2020. We are getting closer to that target every year thanks to AfPIF and many activities that promote interconnection and hosting in Africa”, says Dawit Bekele, Regional Bureau Director for Africa at Internet Society.
Internet Peering is a business relationship whereby two network operators agree to provide access to each other’s network at no cost. Internet users throughout Africa benefit from Peering as it enables faster, more affordable, and more reliable access to content.
Sponsorship allows your organisation to market its services to the core Internet audience in South Africa, and position itself as an active player in the industry. It provides an excellent opportunity to network with leading industry stakeholders, developers and customers. Participation should be considered by equipment vendors, wholesale Internet service providers, and providers of ISP support services. As well as a selection of general event sponsorship opportunities.
Make sure that you register early. Make participation this year a MUST!
The conference is free to attendees.