Zambia will this year host the African Internet Summit, an annual conference organized by the African Network Information Center (AFRINIC), which is basically Africa’s internet registry. The event will see regulators, operators and other internet connectivity stakeholders on the continent come together for two weeks to discuss promoting access, policy and regulation of the industry.
The actual hosts of the conference in Zambia are the regulator of the country’s telecoms sector, Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) and the Internet Service Providers Association of Zambia (ISPAZ). According to information we received from a Zambian internet provider executive, this year’s conference is intended to provide a more business-oriented structure to better the needs of operators in Africa.
The growth of the internet in Africa, the executive said, is going to be through mobile operators, and AFRINIC will reaffirm its support to all African Network Operators at the conference.
Some of the topics to be discussed at the conference include; internet infrastructure, open internet standards, DNSSEC in Africa, Social Media, Mobile Apps, IPv6 and other things. You can go through the whole agenda here.