Submitted Proposals


Organization: Packet Clearing House
Title :
56. The role of Internet Exchange Points in creating Internet capacity and bringing autonomy to developing nations.
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

This workshop will build upon the highly successfully IXP Best Practices Session at the 2007 IGF in Rio.  Several themes will be addressed, particularly how Internet bandwidth, the capacity to route Internet traffic, is produced within Internet exchange points; the role of Internet exchange points in making developing regions economically autonomous; how Internet exchange points foster the development of local content and culture; and how IXPs facilitate other critical infrastructure like the Domain Name System.

Best practices and challenges associated with IXP implementation will also be discussed, in order to give workshop attendees a practical roadmap to establishing IXPs in their regions.

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.

  • Moderator: Sam Paltridge, OECD
  • Michuki Mwangi, ISOC
  • Bill Woodcock, PCH
  • Salam Yamout, Beirut Internet Exchange
  • Sumon Ahmed Sabir, Bangladesh Internet Exchange


  • Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.

    This session is the result of the merger of proposed sessions 67, 56, and 5, and is jointly sponsored by Packet Clearing House (PCH), the Internet Society (ISOC), and the World Information Technology Services Alliance (WITSA).

    The Internet Society is a global non-profit organization whose 28,000+ members worldwide come from all stakeholder groups.

    The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is a consortium of over 60 information technology (IT) industry associations from economies around the world. WITSA members represent over 90 percent of the world IT market.

    Sam Paltridge leads the OECD's project of the economic impact of ICTs generally, and Internet exchange points more specifically, on developing countries.  One of the outcomes of this year's OECD Ministerial was a conclusion that Internet exchange points were critical to the expansion of the global Internet economy, and should be established in any country where they don't yet exist.  Sam was one of last year's panelists, and adds economic and intergovernmental policy experience to this conversation.

    Michuki Mwangi was one of the founders, and subsequently the managing director, of the Kenya Internet Exchange Point in Nairobi, and has subsequently joined ISOC in order to bring IXP expertise to that organization.  Michuki was one of last year's panelists, and has a background in national communications regulation as well as IXPs.

    Bill Woodcock is research director of Packet Clearing House, the international non-governmental organization that provides support for critical Internet infrastructure, including Internet exchange points and the core of the domain name system.  In addition to his not-for-profit research and policy work, Bill has operated international commercial Internet service provision and content delivery networks since 1989 and, in addition to PCH, serves on the boards of the non-profit American Registry for Internet Numbers and Internet Capacity Development Consortium.

    Salam Yamout is a Program Manager in Cisco's Social Responsibility group.  As part of her role in the Partnership for Lebanon initiative, Salam brought together Lebanon's Internet service providers, IT industry, and government to create Lebanon's first Internet exchange point, which is also the second IXP in the Arab League countries, after Cairo.  Salam's work in the Partnership for Lebanon aims to modernize the country's communications infrastructure, in order to achieve economic growth and position the country to compete regionally and globally. 

    Sumon Ahmed Sabir has been involved with Bangladesh Internet Industry since its inception, notably as one of the principal founders of the Bangladesh Internet Exchange, BDIX. Sumon is presently Managing Director and CTO of BDCOM Online Limited, one of the Bangladesh's largest ISPs. He is also an executive of the ISP Association of Bangladesh and the founding chair of Bangladesh's newly established BDCERT.

    Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
    The panelists represent a wide variety of policy, governance, and technical positions, ranging across four orders of magnitude in size and six continents.  Each of the panelists has notable ICT industry or policy experience extending beyond and providing a context for their Internet exchange point related roles.  We feel that this will ensure a robust and informative discussion.
    Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
    This panel will directly address points 27ci, 50b, and 50c of the Tunis Agenda, discussing the role of Internet exchange points in the development of the Internet economy, and how those advantages may be most effectively, economically, and promptly brought to peoples in need, throughout the world.  IXPs advance the goals of the Tunis Agenda both by making the Internet more efficient and cost effective, and by ensuring greater network resilience and availability.
    List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
    This workshop builds upon a similar workshop, Internet Traffic Exchange in Less Developed Internet Markets and the Role of Internet Exchange Points, conducted in Rio, covering many of the same broad issues, but adding depth and detail in the particular topic of the beneficial economic impact of Internet exchange points in developing economies.

    Packet Clearing House, the Internet Society, and WITSA have organized hundreds of workshops on technical and managerial topics to assist people and organizations in both developing and developed countries. In addition the session organizers have been major supporters and organizers of past IGF workshops.  In Rio 2007, the organizers participated in eleven workshops and sessions.

    Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?
    This workshop builds upon BPF 31, Internet Traffic Exchange in Less Developed Internet Markets and the Role of Internet Exchange Points, from the 2007 IGF.  A workshop report was co-authored and submitted by Karen Rose and Michuki Mwangi.