In conjunction with the inaugural meeting of African Network Operators Group (AfNOG) in May 2000, AfNOG held a Network Technology Workshop prior to the meeting. The workshop took place in facilities of the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa,from 30 April to 5 May 2000. The workshop offered advanced training to operators of existing African Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who are participants in the process of developing and enhancing a national Internet with regional and international connectivity.
Attendance at the workshop included attendance at AfNOG's inaugural meeting, AfNOG 2000, and the introductory meeting of AfriNIC (www.afrinic.org), which also was held in Cape Town on 6 May 2000 and 7 May 2000 respectively, following the workshop.
The goals of the workshop are:
- 1. To train a critical mass of trainers and professionals in network infrastructure and services to be able to support an extension of Internet-related activities within the African countries represented.
- 2. To identify and share individual and institutional contacts as well as information sources that will assist the process of national development, using international Internet connections.
- 3. To build robust professional linkages between all participants in the programs so that the mentor-student and colleague-colleague relationships formed during the workshop and conferences will remain strong and of continuing usefulness well beyond the workshop and conference.
- 4. To increase the level of co-operation among existing projects and activities for establishing public data networks in Africa.
- 5. To train people and groups of people who will return to their country and region and who will teach others what they have learned at the workshop.
An intensive program of instruction is planned for the workshop, composed of two instructional tracks.
Participants attend only one of the two tracks, since the tracks run concurrently.
All participants will engage in extensive hands-on training, setting up and managing prototype infrastructure and services.
The course descriptions below include for each instructional track:
TRACK 1. SCALABLE INTERNET SERVICES
Who should attend: Technical staff who are now providing mail, file, web, and other TCP/IP based services to local and/or dial-up end users.
Prerequisites: UNIX use and some Unix system administration.
Subjects: large-scale provision of UNIX-based TCP/IP services such as:
- DNS (Domain Name Service)
- SMTP mail exchange
- POP mail delivery
- Mailing lists
- RADIUS dialup authentication
- HTTP web service
- Help desk
- PPP dialup
TRACK 2. SCALABLE NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE
Who should attend: Technical staff who are now operating a wide area TCP/IP network, likely with international and/or multi-provider connectivity. Those who will be involved in the establishment and/or operation of a basic national network infrastructure in the country.
Prerequisites: experience using TCP/IP-based networking technologies.
Subjects: configuration and operation of larger scale backbones, including:
- Basic routing
- OSPF routing
- BGP routing (limited)
- Management of router configuration
- NOC (Network Operation Center)
- Exchange points between networks
The workshop activities will be held at The Breakwater Lodge conference facility in the Graduate School of Business, University of CapeTown, South Africa. Participants will be offered room and board at The Breakwater Lodge residence during the workshop and the AfNOG and AfriNIC meetings, which follow.
The working language of the workshop will be English; good comprehension of spoken and written English will be required of each participant. The organisers will try to ensure that some members of the instructional staff will speak French and/or Portuguese.
Participants should plan to arrive in Accra on or before 1800 hours on Saturday 29th April,2000, and leave after 1800 hours on Sunday 7th May. Workshop sessions will be held starting in the afternoon, Sunday 30th April, and end in the evening of Friday 05th May.
The AfNOG 2001 meeting begins at 0900 hours, Saturday 6th May 2001, and AfriNIC begins at 0900 hours, Sunday, 7th May 2001.
The workshop is specifically directed toward the needs of people from Africa who are playing an important part in introducing and extending public internetworking in their countries and region. Attendees should be involved in establishing the Internet's presence, in institutionalising its operation, and in assisting the country's schools and universities, governmental agencies, local firms, and residents in exploiting the range of services available through the net. By the Internet, we mean the publicly accessible Internet, with unrestricted access for educational and commercial institutions and the not-for-profit community.
Working engineers from international and bilateral technical co-operation agencies, as well as engineering professionals having substantial involvement in international technical assistance activities, are also eligible for admission as space allows.
Participants who have attended the AfNOG 2000 training or any of the INET Developing Countries Workshop will be considered eligible to attend the AfNOG 2001 workshop on a space-available basis; however, these former participants must apply for a course of study other than subjects studied previously. Their request must be consistent with their responsibilities in a national and/or regional context, and a convincing argument for repeated attendance must accompany the application. This should include a statement of the activities carried out as a result of the previous workshop. Less financial aid will be available for repeat attendees than for first-time applicants.
Application for Admission
To apply for admission, please complete the application form and return it as soon as possible, but no later than 1st February, 2000. If you expect to attend the workshop as the result of being awarded a United Nations or similar fellowship awarded by a multilateral of bilateral aid agency, please inform us of the details in your application.
Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the program and the amount of financial aid available to them by March 15th.
Please note that the workshop activity includes attendance at the AfNOG 2000 and AfriNIC meetings. If you are admitted to the workshop, you should NOT register separately for the meeting; that will be done automatically for you.
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Please be sure that all of the contact information you submit is legible and accurate, or we will not be able to contact you.
Every visitor to South Africa must have a valid passport in order to obtain the necessary visa from South Africa. If you apply to attend the workshop, be prepared to obtain a passport immediately upon receiving an invitation to attend, or sooner if practical, since visa procedures may be lengthy.
It is the responsibility of participants to ascertain the visa requirements that apply to them and to obtain any appropriate visas (including transit visas) needed to attend the workshop and the related meetings. AfNOG will assist applicants in this matter by providing visa application information as well as information regarding the Workshop, AfNOG and its professional goals and activities.
Accepted participants will be notified of any health restrictions and regulations for entry into the country.
The cost of attending the workshop and associated events is U.S. $1,500. This fee includes:
All tuition and fees for the workshop. All lodging charges from Saturday, 05th April through Sunday, 13th May 2001.
All meal charges for the period starting with dinner on Saturday evening, 29th April through dinner on Sunday evening, 7th May 2000. Registration at the AfNOG 2000 meeting (Saturday, 6th May) and the AfriNIC meeting (Sunday, 7th May), including the midday meals included in registration for those meetings.
Participants should bring the equivalent of U.S. $30 for airport transfers. They may wish to budget approximately U.S.$50 for optional travel and other needs and activities (laundry, etc.) Saturday, 05 April through Sunday, 13 May 2001.
For some candidates, the AfNOG Workshop will provide financial assistance to cover a part or all of each participant's overall expenditures. If yourequest financial aid for the workshop, please be certain to provide the financial information that is requested in the application for admission. Financial aid will take the form of either pre-paid airline tickets for travel to and from Accra partial or total coverage of the workshop fee, or both.
The overall amount of aid available will be extremely limited. Please make all possible efforts to secure whatever funding is possible from sources known to you. If you are requesting financial aid from the Workshop, please tell us why it is necessary, how you expect to fund part of your expenses, and what efforts you have made and are making to obtain additional aid. Please note that aid from AfNOG may depend upon your ability to obtain partial financial support from other sources.