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The Internet Society in partnership with African Technical Internet organizations also known as Af* also presented a webinar to discuss the New IP proposals, their consequences on the Internet, and the implications for the network environment in Africa.

The Internet has provided access to half of the world’s population since its inception more than 50 years ago, with new people joining the global Internet daily. It continues to evolve with new services, applications and protocols being developed and deployed in many areas. These improvements to the Internet are involved many actors including content suppliers, Internet Service Providers, browser developers, equipment manufacturers, researchers, users, and others.


The International Telecommunication Union’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) received a proposal two years ago to begin work on designing a “new information and communications network with new protocol system” to meet the needs of a future network – the “New IP, Shaping Future Network” proposal. The proposal’s proponents made various claims about the issues that the current network faces as a basis for developing a new design. Among them were the need to enable heterogeneous networks and “more types of devices into the future network; the need to support Deterministic Forwarding globally; the need to enhance security and trust and support “Intrinsic Security,” and so on. The New IP ideas addressed several issues, many of which have been widely researched in the technical and standards communities for decades and for which solutions already exist. Others deal with areas that are already the subject of current standardization or study. In addition, some of these ideas were reflected in earlier work of the ITU-T SG13 Focus Group on Future Networks 2030.

In December 2020, New IP was not approved as new work items for the next study period of ITU-T; and as a result, no further discussion on the proposals would take place until the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly in March 1-9, 2022. Since December, however, elements of the New IP proposal were presented at the March 2021 meeting of ITU-T SG13 which is why it is relevant to continue to discuss the proposal.


As stakeholders prepare for the WTSA-20 in March 2022, where this topic may come up for debate, it’s vital to have a thorough understanding. Important questions for the New IP design system should be answered from an African perspective, such as what the investment and implementation costs are, compatibility/interoperability with existing IP-enabled technologies, and so on. Participants attending the webinar should be able to understand the main components in the New IP proposal and, discuss and exchange their perspectives on what a replacement of the new design system would imply for networks in their countries.

The target audience are African Internet Technologists, relevant policymakers and civil society working around Internet technology.

  • Presentation on New IP Proposal – Hosein Badran, Director, Internet Growth and Trust, Internet Society
  • Panel Discussion: Impact of New IP on African Networks
    Moderator – Olaf Kolkman, Principal, Internet Technology, Policy and Advocacy, Internet Society
    • Abdulkarim Oloyede, Technical Advisory Committee for Nigeria to the ITU
    • Alain Durand, Principal Engineer, ICANN
    • Chris Buckridge, Advisor to Managing Director, RIPE NCC
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Date and Time

12:00 – 13:30 UTC

Monday 13 December 2021

Speakers and Panelists

Abdulkarim Oloyede

Technical Advisory Committee for Nigeria, International Telecommunication Union

Abdulkarim Oloyede is a Lecturer at the University of Ilorin and Kwara State University, where he teaches Internet protocols to undergraduate and graduate students, and also conducts research on the… Read more

Chris Buckridge

Advisor to Managing Director, RIPE NCC

Chris Buckridge is an Advisor to the RIPE NCC Managing Director on issues of Global Strategic Engagement. He has worked for the RIPE NCC since 2006. Read more

Hosein Badran

Director, Internet Growth and Trust

Dr. Hosein Badran holds the position of Director, Internet Growth and Trust, with the Internet Society, leading technical, policy and advocacy initiatives in Internet access, infrastructure and trust domains. Before… Read more

Olaf Kolkman

Principal - Internet Technology, Policy and Advocacy, Internet Society

Olaf Kolkman is the Principal - Internet Technology, Policy, and Advocacy at the Internet Society. He is a senior advisor to, and spokesperson of, the Internet Society. He formulates, reviews… Read more

Alain Durand

Principal Engineer, ICANN

Alain joined ICANN as a staff member in March of 2015 and currently serves as Principal Technologist. Alain's responsibilities include applying expert technical knowledge and experience to improve ICANN’s technical… Read more

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