The African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa and Indian Ocean, responsible for the distribution and management of Internet number resources such as IP addresses and ASN (Autonomous System Numbers) for the African and Indian Ocean regions.

With one of the most well-respected and well attended IPv6 technical training programmes in Africa, AFRINIC’s IPv6 Training course is spearheading Internet technology development throughout Africa. The IPv6 Training courses are IPv6 Forum Certified (Gold) and taught by IPv6 Forum Certified (Gold) engineers and trainers and aim to equip network engineers and operators with knowledge about IPv6 deployment and transition techniques.

In 2015, with the support of various stakeholders in the community, AFRINIC was able to train (574) engineers and managers during sixteen (16) training workshops held in fourteen (14) different countries. These trainings covered the knowledge and skills of Internet Number Resources Management (INRM) and IPv6 planning and deployment.

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AFRINIC’s extensive training program provides training to over 600 network engineers per year on Internet Number Resources Management (INRM) and IPv6 Planning and Deployment.
The training courses are always growing to support the technologies related to Internet resources, including DNSSEC & RPKI.

The programme provides the knowledge and skills necessary to plan for, request and manage Internet number resources, deploy IPv6 networks and implement supporting technologies for an effective Internet Infrastructure in Africa.

While awareness and implementation of IPv6 are growing, many organizations, whether in the public or private sector, are adopting a wait-and-see approach, sometimes along with tactical work-around (such as network address translation) designed to prolong the viability of the existing pool of IPv4 resources. These approaches are not viable in the longer term: ultimately, IPv6 is necessary for the continuity, stability, and evolution of the Internet.

The new address protocol, IPv6, offers an address space that is some 340 trillion trillion trillion addresses large, dwarfing the number of IPv4 addresses which stands at 4 billion addresses. With this expanded address space, IPv6 brings a number of advantages in terms of stability, flexibility, and simplicity in network management. The IPv6 era is also likely to bring a new wave of innovation in applications and service offerings because it removes the need for shared addresses and network hiding in many instances. IPv6 is being slowly implemented across networks and will coexist with IPv4 until a transition to IPv6 occurs (a transition that is likely to take many years). While the technical work related to the protocol has been largely accomplished, what remains is deployment. Unfortunately, this is not occurring fast enough and could become a significant challenge to continued seamless global addressing.

The training is free of charge and will be conducted from 19th to 22nd April 2016 at the iHub, 4th Floor Bishop Magua Center. It is important to note that only shortlisted applicants who had applied by 1st April on the AFRINIC training web portal ( ) shall attend the training.