APNIC chartered new territory in June 2015 when it was invited to organize a two-day workshop in Timor-Leste for the first time. The workshop, sponsored by the National Communications Authority, was held at its headquarters in Dili and involved nearly 40 participants from government departments, the police, academic institutes and the three local ISPs.
The Timor-Leste government is looking to promote the use of the Internet, with plans to install a government network with an undersea fibre connection to enhance existing satellite links (provided via O3b) into the country. It is therefore a priority to raise awareness of Internet management principles amongst public employees, as well as how to obtain IP and AS resources from APNIC.
The workshop was led by me and covered Internet Fundamentals, Internet Resource Management, as well as offering an introduction to Network Security. Following the two-day workshop, there was a further half-day workshop to discuss the establishment of a National Research and Education Network, and I was able to contribute some of my experience in this sector. This covered the principles and rationale for a NREN, along with the types of unique services (e.g. eduroam/govroam, identity federations) that can be offered by these networks.
APNIC would like to thank the National Communications Authority of Timor-Leste, its President Antonio B. Correia and José Lay for their support of this event.
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