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African States Aim To Improve Internet Interconnections 27

Posted by samzenpus
from the clearing-the-tubes dept.
jfruh writes A rapidly growing percentage of Africans have access to the Internet — and yet most of the content they access, even things aimed specifically at an African audience, is hosted on servers elsewhere. The reason is a bewildering array of laws in different nations that make cross-border cooperation a headache, a marked contrast to places like Europe with uniform Internet regulations. At the Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum in Senegal, a wide variety of Internet actors from the continent are aiming to solve the problem.
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African States Aim To Improve Internet Interconnections

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Aftrican internet has issues, mainly because they can't afford to run much fiber, nor to secure it against various threats.
    "Lack of uniform regulations" is almost certainly not the issue.

    • They have the money it's just being spent on weapons and palaces or stolen by foreign corporations or stashed in Swiss bank accounts.

  • Africa, unite!
  • by ruir (2709173) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @06:05AM (#47772889) Homepage
    And I can add, southern Africa has a big problem and it is called Telkom. It also does not help that due to "empowering" policies, overt racism and rampant crime they managed to drive away most of the experience people on most technical and medical fields.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Ran across the "IXP Toolkit" program a little while ago, and they have quite a few examples of how IXPs can really help the local tech industry and improve service:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0pVDSY-RfIpRtGhj2Kw-Ew/videos

    They interview the folks that run a bunch of IXPs: Kenya, Egypt, South Africa, Zambia, etc.

    It can surprisingly (to me) bring about a lot of change by simply having a telco neutral exchange point.

  • most of the content they access ... is hosted on servers elsewhere

    Since when did that matter on the Internet ?

    The reason is a bewildering array of laws in different nations

    Welcome to the World.

    places like Europe with uniform Internet regulations

    Tell us about these uniform regulations.

  • I had a situation that appeared that a hacker had taken control of a VOIP system and ran up a full E1 worth of calls to Africa 24x7 for a weekend resulting in a $1.4 million dollar phone bill. The initial evidence showed that Sierra Leone was involved with toll sharing fraud but I looked deeper. I called a few of their embassies and found out they couldn't call home if they tried and the London embassy had some who had the job of trying to calling home all day. It turns out that someone else was playing

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