NITA-U holds 2nd AFRINIC IPv6 Training Courses for Network Engineers in Uganda

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


National Information Technology Authority (NITA) is partnering with the African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) to hold the second AFRINIC's renowned IPv6 and Internet Number Resource Management (INRM) Courses in Kampala, Uganda, from 4 -7 April.


AFRINIC offers a comprehensive training program and provides training throughout Africa in French and English to around 600 African network engineers every year, equipping network engineers and operators with key knowledge about IPv6 deployment and transition techniques.  


Speaking at the opening of the training, NITA-U Director Regulation and Legal Services Ms.Stella Alibatese  who represented the Executive Director said that the Internet is now an integral part of society, a critical resource that affects and facilitates nearly every aspect of modern life. 


Broadband Internet is becoming more readily available in Uganda while the Internet costs are decreasing. With the advent of Internet of Things and many devices having Wi-Fi capabilities, billions of devices can now connect to the Internet. IPv6 is therefore perceived as an enabler of Internet of Things. 


She emphasized NITA-U’s commitment to creating an enabling environment that will provide the necessary skillset to Network Engineers and IT Professionals to effectively manage Internet Resources and promote the adoption of IPv6 in Uganda.  


“We have partnered with AFRINIC on this training as a start to our commitment on the rolling out of IPv6 in Uganda” she said.


Uganda has an Internet penetration rate of 19%. AFRINIC has 34 Ugandan members and saw a sharp rise in membership in 2016, indicating that the ICT industry in the country is becoming more robust. In terms of IPv6 allocations, Ugandan Members hold 17 prefixes to date, meaning half of all members in the country are able to deploy IPv6.


While these numbers are encouraging, AFRINIC hopes to further reinforce the message that IPv6 deployment cannot wait by providing free training on deployment methods in April.


"AFRINIC’s training courses are highly respected, with the majority of participants agreeing that they would recommend the course to others," comments AFRINIC CEO Alan Barrett.


"In addition to our core function as one of the world’s five Regional Internet Registries (RIR), AFRINIC plays a leading role in education and capacity building, as well as supporting Internet infrastructure development throughout the region.


Delivering the AFRINIC Training Courses in Uganda with the support of NITA is further reinforcing our commitment to building a stable, secure and accessible Internet for Africa."



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The African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa. It is responsible for the distribution and management of Internet number resources (IPv4, IPv6 and ASNs) for the African and Indian Ocean region. It was founded in 2004 and is a non-governmental, not-for-profit, membership-based organisation headquartered in Mauritius. AFRINIC also plays a leading role in capacity building and provides education and training to its members, governments and the wider community to improve infrastructure development throughout Africa |


About AFRINIC Training Courses: 


AFRINIC has an extensive training program provides free training to over 600 network engineers per year on Internet Number Resources Management (INRM) and IPv6 Planning and Deployment. In 2016, our courses achieved an average Net Promoter Score of 75, which is higher than the industry benchmark - 71 - for an IT training course. 


The IPv6 course is fully hands-on, making use of our extensive IPv6 test bed access which gives participants experience on real equipment to configure, test and troubleshoot IPv6. AFRINIC also offers IPv6 training courses adapted and tailored to the needs of government representatives, business leaders and other non-technical stakeholders.   |