Southern Africa Network Operators Group

Building and Sustaining Regional Communities

As Africa develops her regional infrastructure, it has becomes more important to be able to build and sustain regional communities in support of the same. While not intended as a replacement for existing mailing fora, SAFNOG hopes to be able to provide a discussion forum, and build a community for matters specific to the sub-region.


Hello all.

It gives me great pleasure to announce that SAFNOG-4, in collaboration with EANOG (East Africa Network Operators Group) and tzNOG (Tanzania Network Operators Group), and hosted by TISPA (Tanzania Internet Service Providers Association) will be held between the 24th - 29th September, 2018, in the warm and sunny city of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania..

What is exciting about this year's SAFNOG meeting is that it will be partnering with EANOG and tzNOG, to include both plenary and workshop sessions during the week, as part of the agenda.

The main plenary meeting will be held at the Dar Es Salaam Serena Hotel between 24th - 26th September, while the the workshop will be held at the Bank of Tanzania building between 26th - 29th September, 2018.

Details about the event registration and agenda will be made available at these locations:

- www.safnog.org

- www.tznog.or.tz

- www.eanog.org

Please mark your calendars.

SAFNOG, EANOG, tzNOG and TISPA look forward to seeing you in Dar Es Salaam.


Mark Tinka

On Behalf of the SAFNOG/EANOG/tzNOG Organizing Committee

2018 Events

SAFNOG-4/EANOG Conference

Date: 24th-26th September, 2018

Cost: US$50.00

Venue: Serena Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Register Here

TZNOG-6 Workshop

Date: 26th-29th September, 2018

Cost: TZ 300,000.00

Venue: Bank of Tanzania Conference Facilities, Tanzania

Register Here

More Info: www.tznog.or.tz

SAFNOG-4/EANOG Conference


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Call for Papers

The SAFNOG-4/EANOG/tzNOG Programme Committee are now seeking contributions for Presentations and Tutorials for the SAFNOG-4/EANOG/tzNOG 2018 Conference. We are looking for presenters who would:

- Offer a technical tutorial on an appropriate topic;

- Participate in the technical conference sessions as a speaker;

- Convene and chair panel sessions of relevant topics.

Conference Milestones
1 Call for Papers Opens Now
2 Draft Program Published As papers are confirmed
3 Final Deadline for Submissions 10 September, 2018
4 Final Program Published 17 September, 2018
5 Final Slides Received 21 September, 2018


Program Material

The SAFNOG-4/EANOG/tzNOG Conference Programme consists of two parts, these being the Tutorials and Conference Tracks.

Topics proposed must be relevant to Internet Operations and Technologies::

- IPv4 / IPv6 Routing and Operations

- IPv6 deployment and transition technologies

- Internet backbone operations

- ISP and Carrier services

- IXPs and Peering

- Research on Internet Operations and Deployment

- Software Defined Networking / Network Function Virtualisaton

- Network security issues (NSP-SEC, DDoS, Anti-Spam, Anti-Malware)


- Internet policy (Security, Regulation, Content Management, Addressing, etc)

- Access and Transport Technologies, including Cable/DSL, LTE/5G, wireless, metro ethernet, fibre, segment routing

- Content & Service Delivery (Multicast, Voice, Video, "telepresence", Gaming) and Cloud Computing

CfP Submissions

Draft slides for both tutorials and conference sessions MUST be provided with CfP submissions otherwise the Programme Committee will be unable to review the submission. For avoidance of doubt this means that submissions which do not include slides will be rejected immediately. For work in progress, the most current information available at time of submission is acceptable.

All draft and complete slides must be submitted in PDF format only.

Final slides are to be provided by the specified deadline for publication on the SAFNOG-4/EANOG/tzNOG websites.

Prospective presenters should note that the majority of speaking slots will be filled well before the final submission deadline. The PC may, at their discretion, retain a limited number of slots up to the final submission deadline for presentations that are exceptionally timely, important, or of critical operational importance. Every year we turn away submissions, due to filling up all available programme slots before the deadline. Presenters should endeavour to get material into the PC sooner rather than later.

Please submit all your papers for review at the link below:

Any questions or concerns should be addressed to the Programme Committee by e-mail at:

pc-chairs at safnog.org


Mark Tinka

On Behalf of the SAFNOG/EANOG/tzNOG Organizing Committee

Organising Committee

SAFNOG is open to all ISP's and Internet related organisations from around the world. As such it has no owners, just a small group of dedicated individuals who look after the mailing list and organise the regular meetings.































Past Conferences

SAFNOG was established as a mailing list for technical operations engineers in Southern Africa.

  • SAFNOG-4

    24-29 September, 2018

    Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

  • SAFNOG-3

    4-7 September, 2017

    Durban, South Africa

  • SAFNOG-2

    7-8 April, 2015

    Mbabane, Swaziland

  • SAFNOG-1

    22-24 April, 2014

    Johannesburg, South Africa

The Agenda

Monday, 24th September, 2018 - Day 1

Kivukoni Ruvu
0700hrs - 0900hrs Registration
0900hrs - 0910hrs Call-to-Order Message - Portia Rabonda, SAFNOG
0910hrs - 0915hrs SAFNOG-4/EANOG/tzNOG Welcome Message –
Erik Rowberg (TISPA Chairman), Mark Tinka (SAFNOG), Ernest Wambari (EANOG) & Abibu R. Ntahigiye (tzNOG)
0915hrs - 1000hrs Dealing With The Recent Routing
Registry Changes [PPT]
Alan Barrett AFRINIC
1000hrs - 1030hrs Detecting Inefficiencies In The African
Internet Eco-System Using Quad9 [PPT]
–Nishal Goburdhan, Packet Clearing House
Meraki Full Stack Dashboard & Solution Overview
-Ernest Wambari, Techminds Technologies
1030hrs - 1100hrs Tea & Coffee Break
1100hrs - 1130hrs Piloting The Use Of TV White Space
For Community Networks in
Rural Tanzania [PPT]
Jabhera Matogoro,
The University Of Dodoma
RIPE Atlas Tutorial [PPT]
Amreesh Phokeer AFRINIC
1130hrs - 1200hrs State Of The Tanzania Internet [PPT]
Frank Habicht, SimbaNet Tanzania
1200hrs - 1230hrs How INX-ZA Transitioned to
Automatic BGP Filters [PPT]
Edrich de Lange, KZNNOG
1230hrs - 1400hrs Lunch Break
1400hrs - 1430hrs AFRINIC Update [PPT]
James Chirwa, AFRINIC
Routing Security Tutorial [PPT]
Amreesh Phokeer, AFRINIC
1430hrs - 1500hrs MANRS [PPT]
Simon Mayoye, SEACOM
1500hrs - 1530hrs The Economics Of Data Centres,
Interconnections & Peering In Africa [PPT]
Andrew Owens, Teraco Data Environments
1530hrs - 1600hrs Tea & Coffee Break
1600hrs - 1630hrs WIDER – World InternetData ExploreR [PPT]
Amreesh Phokeer,
James Chirwa,
1630hrs - 1650hrs Whisky BoF & Peering Personals [PPT]
1650hrs - 1730hrs Whisky BoF & Lightning Talks
1830hrs - 2300hrs Opening Cocktail (The Serena Hotel)

Tuesday, 25th September, 2018 - Day 2

Kivukoni Ruvu
0700hrs - 1000hrs Registration
1000hrs - 1045hrs Cape to Cairo & Other Journeys [PPT]
Ben Roberts, Liquid Telecom
1045hrs - 1200hrs Panel: Carrier-Neutral Data Centres
& Their Place in Africa [PPT]
Andrew Owens (Teraco Data Environments),
Alex Rhys-Hurn (iColo)
IPv6 Deployathon
Mukom Akong Tamon
1200hrs - 1230hrs PeeringDB Update [PPT]Arnold Nipper, DE-CIX
1230hrs - 1400hrs Lunch Break
1400hrs - 1430hrs DNSSEC Key Rollover – Watch Out For 11th October, 2018 [PPT]
Amreesh Phokeer,
1430hrs - 1500hrs Peeling Off The Layers Of Complexity,
One Protocol At A Time With Segment
Routing & EVPN [PPT]Werner Viljoen,
Arista Networks
IPv6 Deployathon
Mukom Akong Tamon
1500hrs - 1530hrs PAM4: An Introduction Into
The New World Of 400Gbps
Transceivers & IEEE 802.3bs [PPT]Thomas Weible,
1530hrs - 1600hrs Tea & Coffee Break
1600hrs - 1630hrs Growing A Community –
The KZNNOG Experience [PPT]
Edrich de Lange, KZNNOG
IPv6 Deployathon
Mukom Akong Tamon
1630hrs - 1730hrs Panel: Should Africa Stop Investing In Europe? [PPT] - Ben Robert (Liquid Telecom), Andrew Owens (Teraco Data Environments), Nishal Goburdhan (Packet Clearing House), Ernest Wambari (Techminds Technologies), Mukom Akong Tamon (AFRINIC) & Erik Rowberg (Habari)
1730hrs - 1745hrs Peering Personals [PPT]
1745hrs - 1800hrs SAFNOG-4/EANOG/tzNOG Closing Message
1900hrs - 0000hrs Closing Dinner Lucky Draw (The Golden Tulip)

Wednesday, 26th September, 2018 - Day 3 (Half Day)

Kivukoni Ruvu
1000hrs - 1030hrs Advances From IPv4 Brokers; Be Aware!
(Or, What You Need To Know) [PPT]
Ernest Byaruhanga,
IPv6 Deployathon
Mukom Akong Tamon
1030hrs - 1100hrs Block Chain Fundamentals,
Governance & Implications For
Network Operators [PPT]John Gitau,
Cisco Systems
1100hrs - 1130hrs 100Gbps Core Network Deployment [PPT]
– Mark Tinka (SEACOM)
1130hrs - 1200hrs Defense In-Depth Path For Ransomware [PPT]
Samson Oduour (Internet Solutions Kenya)
& Watson Kamanga (SEACOM)
Lunch Break & End Of Conference

The Speakers

Speakers' Biographies

Speaker Biography
Jabhera Matogoro
Mr. Jabhera Matogoro is currently working as Assistant Lecturer in College of Informatics and Virtual Education of the University of Dodoma, Tanzania, East Africa. Mr. Matogoro was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 03 March, 1981. He graduated Master of Science in Computer Science from University of Dodoma in November, 2011 and from University of Dar es Salaam with Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2008. He is an active member and contributor to various technical bodies and mailing lists including Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Internet Society (ISOC), Microsoft Innovation Center, African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) and OpenWRT. Apart from a very strong technical profile and over 8 years experience in ICT Industry, Mr. Matogoro is holding various senior and administrative positions such as Coordinator for Microsoft Innovation Center, Tanzania; Manager of Dodoma Internet Exchange Point and Secretary of Internet Society Tanzania Chapter.
Edrich de Lange
Edrich de Lange has been working in the ISP sector since 2008, and is currently a consultant to numerous operators, in and around the KZN region. He has been on board of various non-profit organisations, ranging from ICT to music. Edrich is passionate about community engagement, and spends a significant amount of his private time working on community related activities. He is a founding member of KZNNOG, South Africa’s most active network operator’s group, and has been using this vehicle to promote self-development and innovation in the Internet arena, in KZN.
Ben Roberts
Ben has been the Chief Technical Officer for Liquid Telecom Group since 2006. With over 20 years experience across a range of technologies in design, support, integration and operational management roles, he has led the group’s networking and product strategy, expanding its technology base and fibre network across Africa. Ben led the integration and business transformation of Liquid Telecom Kenya as CEO from 2013 to 2017 and remains in Kenya as board chairman of LTK. Having returned full time to the role of CTO, he is now additionally looking at future innovation and digital transformation of services. Before joining Liquid Telecom, Ben was responsible for electronics design and satellite systems at Ericsson UK Limited. He also worked with Lotus Cars, the British sports car manufacturer, as an engineer. Ben holds a BSc Hons Physics from the University of Bristol in the UK.
Arnold Nipper
Arnold Nipper (born 1958) holds a degree in mathematics and is one of the founding fathers of DE-CIX where in his capacity as CTO/COO he has been responsible for operations and technical development from 2000 until 2015. Since 2016 he is Chief Technology Evangelist. The DE-CIX in Frankfurt am Main is the largest Internet Exchange worldwide where traffic exchange between Internet Service Providers (peering) takes place. DE-CIX also runs IXP in Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Munich, Palermo, Marseille, Madrid, Istanbul, Dallas and New York and operates the UAE-IX in Dubai. Arnold Nipper also served as board member at the Euro-IX, the umbrella association of Internet Exchanges for the RIPE region and was Euro-IX liasion for IX-F, the Internet Exchange Federation. Furthermore Arnold also is board member of PeeringDB and a PeeringDB admin since 2008.
Amreesh Phokeer
Amreesh joined the African Network Information Centre in January 2011. In his current role as R&D Manager, his main focus areas are Internet performance measurements and Internet security research in Africa. He has an M.Eng in Computer Science from Telecom Nancy, France, an Msc in Information Security from the Royal Holloway, University of London, UK and he is currently reading for a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Cape Town.
Werner Viljoen
Werner Viljoen joined Arista Networks as a Systems Engineer in 2014. He has over 18 years experience in the IT and networking industry and has gained invaluable experience in a variety of technical roles. His main focus in recent years has been Data Centre and service provider networking technologies working with large enterprises, the finance sector and service providers. Werner has a number of accreditations, including a JN Certified Internet Expert accreditation in the Service Provider sector and the Arista ACE accreditation.
Thomas Weible
Thomas Weible - Co-Founder and CTO of Flexoptix GmbH. He formerly lead the groundbreaking software development within the company. Thomas has moved more and more towards the field of transceiver technology and his so called „support with no levels and no bullshit“. Enthusiastic in everything he does, he gives realistic and practical answers to get transceivers working and operational. As a regular speaker at several conferences around the globe he is able to target the needs of network engineers. Thomas likes tractor driving and nature, and is a huge fan of smart pragmatism. Thomas studied information technology in Darmstadt, Germany.
Martha Muriuki
Martha Muriuki is Lead Systems Engineer - Cyber Security Specialist with over 15 years experience in the Teleco Industry. A telecoms professional with a strong passion for compliance: that things are done properly the first time. Martha has served in the ICT industry for the last 14 years in various technical capacities. Currently is the Quality Assurance Manager at WIOCC. Martha holds an MSc (Hons) degree in Information and Communications Engineering from the University of Leicester and a BSc (Hons) degree in Information and Systems Technology from USIU-Africa. She is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Data Centre Professional (CDCP), certifications that she uses to align operations to industry standards and best practice.
Samson Oduor
Samson Oduor is Lead Systems Engineer - Cyber Security Specialist with over 15 years experience in the Teleco Industry.
Ernest Byaruhanga
Ernest Byaruhanga is the Policy Coordinator for AFRINIC, where he facilitates the policy development function as the liaison between the community and AFRINIC. Ernest was instrumental in the start-up of AFRINIC as one of the founding staff of the registry, initially charged with all engineering functions and later traversing Africa as an IPv6 trainer (and evangelist). He is a seasoned technology veteran and was involved in the technical start-up of some of Uganda's largest Internet Service Providers.
Frank Habicht
Frank Habicht is currently the Technical Manager-Core Network at SimbaNET Tanzania. Since 2000 he has been working with the ISP industry in Tanzania, and is since 2003 active in the establishment and operation of the Tanzania Internet Exchange (TIX) and other IXPs in Tanzania. He likes to assist others going through the same process and hopes to improve interconnection and thus creation of value locally.
Andrew Owens
Andrew Owens is the Senior Product Manager for Interconnection & Peering at Teraco Data Environments, and is responsible for the design, commissioning and management of the NAPAfrica peering platform.
Focused on serving sub-Saharan Africa, NAPAfrica has been instrumental in ensuring that content is locally available in Africa. Andrew is an industry expert in the design of peering exchanges and networks. He works closely with industry bodies such as Euro-IX, AFRNIC, MEF and ISOC with the goal of implementing global polices within Africa.
Prior to Teraco, he started his career in IT in South Africa's largest fruit tracking house, where he wrote the data exchange system responsible for supporting 98% of South Africa's fruit exports at the time. He then moved into the telecommunications sector and was instrumental in launching the first VoIP services in South Africa at Storm Voice and Data, where he was primarily responsible for the development of the authentication and billing platforms as well as management of the organisation's regional networks.
Alex Rhys-Hurn
Alex Rhys-Hurn is the COO and a co-founder of icolo.io and is responsible for all the technical development and operations of the data centres. Alex has been in the telecommunications industry in East Africa since 1996, having built ISP and Telephone Networks in Kampala and Nairobi. He took time out from the telecoms industry to manage factories in the fast moving consumer goods space, before coming back to the IT sector founding a consultancy specializing in integrating WANs for Enterprise. The data centre space is a fantastic merging of his factory and telecoms experience.
John Gitau
Cisco - Sales - Global Service Provider
Ernest Wambari
Ernest is a Network Engineer and Technology Trainer with over 15 years experience designing, implementing and managing high-end IP Networks. He has vast experience working on various IT projects for Public Sector,Private Sector,Finance,Service Provider and Media Sectors. Ernest is also a Journalist with a keen interest in exploring how Technology can be leveraged to enhance the impact of Media. He is a proficient communicator with a passion for learning and sharing information. Ernest holds a BA. in Communications,BSc. in Computer Science(Cyber Sec) and is also a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert(CCIE #17522).
James Chirwa
Senior IP Numbers Analyst with African Networks Information Center (AFRINIC). James Chirwa holds the following certifications: Cisco Certified Network Associate, Lean Six Sigma – Yellow Belt (PMI) and Project Leadership (University of Technology, Mauritius). Prior experience include Systems and Network Engineering with a CCTLD operator and an Internet services provider. Through the years, James has built a wealth of knowledge in IP Networks, Systems engineering. Currently more involved with IP numbers registry management, trainings and projects.
Simon Mayoye
Simon is a Network Architect for SECOM a submarine cable operator along the coast of East and Southern Africa and is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Simon is involved in various community organizations such as tzNOG, AfNOG, and AfPIF. He is a strong supporter of good Netizenship to keep the internet clean.​
Alan Barrett
Alan Barrett is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AFRINIC, the Regional Internet Registry for Africa and the Indian Ocean. Prior to his appointment as CEO in 2015, he served on the AFRINIC Board from 2004 to 2009, and he was co-author of the proposal to create AFRINIC. He has been a Member of the ASO Address Council since 2005 and served on committees related to the transition away from US Government oversight of the IANA functions: the ICG and the CRISP Team. He holds an M.Sc.Eng. Degree from the University of Natal (now UKZN), Durban, South Africa.
His involvement with the Internet began in 1989, when he was a lecturer in the Electronic Engineering Department at the University of Natal. He played a key part in the connection of the South African universities to the global Internet in 1991. He was a co-founder of South Africa's first commercial Internet Service Provider, in 1993. He was also one of the founding members of the South African Chapter of the Internet Society, ad one of the founding members of Namespace ZA, an organisation that was intended to oversee the .ZA ccTLD before that role was taken over by the legislation. He has also worked at an Internet firewall company, Cequrux Technologies, and as an independent consultant.​

The Venue

Dar Es Salaam Serena Hotel, Ohio Street Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

SAFNOG-4/EANOG/tzNOG delegates can book accommodation a special rate at Serena Hotel.
Book online or contact lkatema@serena.co.tz

Use one of the following options to book at the special rate:

Booking Options Booking Code
Click Here N/A
Click Here SAFNOG
Email: dshreservations@serena.co.tz / daressalaam@serena.co.tz 2779954

Contact lkatema@serena.co.tz for any enquiries

Our Partners

EANOG, SEACOM, TISPA , and tzNOG are proud partners and hosts of this event.We are working toward making SAFNOG a successful and operationally relevant event. To this end, we value your support and partnership in helping us attain that goal.


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