Uganda Network Operators Group (UGNOG) Hosts Successful Second Summit

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On 29th September 2021, the Uganda Network Operators Group (UGNOG) held its second summit since its official launch in October 2020.

UGNOG creates an environment where Internet community participants such as operators, enthusiasts, the government, and scholars can discuss best industry practices and empower our community to meet the ever-changing demands of a global network in service of building the internet of tomorrow.

It is managed and organized by a group of volunteers with the aim of capacity building and technology development within Uganda.

The UGNOG summit intends on brought together the Ugandan internet community participants to educate them on a couple of topics, including; Updates from African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC), network security, open access, ISP last-mile service delivery and threat Intelligence.

While there seems to have been a general decline in activities due to the ongoing enforcement of the Covid-19 restrictions, UGNOG is hopeful to engage in more activities in 2021 and 2022.

‘As the network operators’ group (NOGs) grows, we intend to have more activities such as capacity building, workshops, outreach and more meetings’ said Isabel Odida, the Founder of UGNOG.

She mentioned that she hopes that the NOG engagements would return to physical ones instead of last year’s, primarily virtual engagements due to the pandemic.

Sponsors of the event included Raxio Data Centre, Global NOG Alliance, Flexoptix, Work Online Communications, Internet Society, Uganda Internet Exchange Point, Team Cymru and Roke Telecom.

UGNOG was birthed from the African Network Operators Group (AFNOG), a forum for cooperation and the exchange of technical information between operators of internet-connected networks in Africa.

Network Operators’ Groups are informal, country-based, or regional groups that exist to provide forums for Internet network operators to discuss matters of mutual interest, usually through a combination of mailing lists and annual conferences.