APNIC Training

PacNOG15 Conference and MPLS Workshop

PacNOG15 was held in Port Vila, Vanuatu from July 14-18, hosted by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO). Over 63 participants from the Pacific region joined the five-day event. Eleven resource speakers and trainers from APNIC, ICANN and NSRC were present. Government Chief Information Officer, Mr. Fred Samuel, delivered the keynote address.

The program consisted of the Conference Plenary and Tutorials during the first day, followed by four days of workshop with three parallel tracks.
APNIC’s Senior Internet Resource Analyst, Elly Tawhai, gave the APNIC Update on Conference day. The APNIC Training Team, lead by Senior Training Specialist Nurul Islam, conducted "Track3: Introduction to MPLS/VPNs.” It was a class of seven specialised network engineers from Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, and Vanuatu, two of which are already managing an MPLS network, while the others were new to the topic and hope to offer this service to their customers soon. The participants appreciated the workshop and said it was “excellent and very comprehensive."

The other two tracks were BGP Routing by Philip Smith (NSRC) and Jethro Webston (VIX), and Network and Systems Security by Dean Pemberton and Jon Brewer from NSRC.

Overall, it was another successful PacNOG event organised by the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA) through its manager Fred Christopher.