RIPE NCC and OGERO to lead MENOG 19 discussion on accelerating Internet infrastructure development in Middle East

Meeting to host one of the biggest Middle East gatherings for the technical community to tackle interconnection, IPv6 deployment and IXP development

March 31, 2019 – The Reseaux IP Europeens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC) – the independent, not-for-profit membership organization that supports the infrastructure of the Internet through technical coordination in Europe, Middle East and Central Asia, will shed light on pertinent issues concerning the growth directions of the Internet community in the Middle East at the meeting of the upcoming Middle East Network Operators Group and Peering Forum (MENOG 19). The event, which will take place in Beirut from 3-4 April 2019, will discuss major concerns connected to routing, the domain name system, peering, Internet Exchange Point (IXP) development and ongoing progress in the deployment of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) across the region.

The RIPE NCC, as secretariat for MENOG, is collaborating with OGERO, ISOC Lebanon Chapter and the American University of Beirut (AUB) as co-hosts. The event is set to welcome network operators, content providers, data centre operators and technology experts in one of the largest gatherings for the Middle East Internet sector.

Imad Kreidieh, Chairman and CEO of OGERO said: “MENOG brings together the leading technical experts in the Internet and Telecom sectors from the region and around the globe to share knowledge and experiences that will support the growth and development of the Internet in Lebanon and Middle East region. We are pleased to host MENOG 19 as part of our continuing efforts to enhance the Internet and Telecom infrastructure and services and we are proud to provide state of the art IPv6 connectivity and infrastructure for the event. The smooth and on-time implementation of IPv6 in collaboration with RIPE NCC is part of the medium-term plan of OGERO to ensure that we are on par with the latest global trends in telecommunications development”.

OGERO will announce at MENOG19 its readiness to provide any enterprise corporate with IPv6-based infrastructure and will present and share its strategy and progress related to a Lebanon IXP, IPv6 and fibre network deployment in the country.

Axel Pawlik, Managing Director of the RIPE NCC is equally enthusiastic: “IPv6 deployment, and peering and interconnection issues in the Middle East are an increasing concern when thinking about how the region can keep pace with global developments. Many operators and Internet service providers are lagging with their IPv6 readiness and domestic traffic often leaves the region due to a less-optimal routing landscape. MENOG is the ideal venue for the Internet community to address these concerns. We are enthusiastic about empowering the local community, which comes within our strategic partnership with the OGERO.”

Topics being discussed include technological developments and success stories around IPv6 deployment and the creation of IXPs by some of the leading operators in the region.

Ahead of the meeting are three days of workshops delivered by the RIPE NCC, on topics such as Basic IPv6, IPv6 Security, and Measurement and Tools, while the final two days of the event will focus on plenary talks.

MENOG is an open event for the entire technical community including Internet service providers, mobile operators, content providers, cloud and infrastructure service providers, as well as government regulators, academics and key business decision makers.

About RIPE NCC

The RIPE NCC is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation that supports the infrastructure of the Internet through technical coordination in Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia. The most prominent activity of the RIPE NCC is to act as a Regional Internet Registry (RIR), providing Internet number resources (IPv4, IPv6 and AS Numbers) and related services to its members. The RIPE NCC also provides services for the benefit of the Internet community at large such as training, as well as the development of analytical tools to carry out Internet measurements. The RIPE NCC operates from its main office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and from its regional office in Dubai. www.ripe.net

About Ogero:

OGERO, engine of MoT in Lebanon, constitutes the backbone infrastructure for all telecom networks including Mobile Operators, Data Service Providers (DSPs), Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and others. The company continues to improve and expand its portfolio of services including Voice and Data services mainly based on Fiber (FTTx). www.ogero.gov.lb

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