Southern Africa Network Operators Group

Building and Sustaining Regional Communities

As Africa develops her regional infrastructure, it has becomes more important to be able to build and sustain regional communities in support of the same. While not intended as a replacement for existing mailing fora, SAFNOG hopes to be able to provide a discussion forum, and build a community for matters specific to the sub-region.



We are pleased to announce that SAFNOG will be hosting its 8th annual conference, SAFNOG-8 which will be held on 29 - 30 August, 2023, in Lusaka, Zambia. As the sub-regional NOG, SAFNOG looks forward to bringing the community together in Zambia this year.

The SAFNOG-8 Conference will be a two-day event of engagement and knowledge sharing on topics relevant to Internet Operations and Technologies such as IPv4 / IPv6 Routing and Operations; Internet policy (Security, Regulation, Content Management, Addressing, etc); Network security issues (NSP-SEC, DDoS, Anti-Spam, Anti-Malware); and IXPs and Peering, to name a few.

Details on registration, venue and the program will be available soon.


SAFNOG is a non-profit organization, and as such, we warmly welcome sponsors to contribute to the success of the SAFNOG-8 Conference. Kindly take a moment to view our Sponsorship Proposal. Each sponsorship opportunity includes the additional benefits as described, which are based on the organization's sponsorship level. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact

Call for Papers

The SAFNOG-8 Programme Committee are now seeking contributions for Presentations and Tutorials for the SAFNOG-8 2023 Conference.

We are looking for presenters who would:

  • - Offer a technical tutorial on an appropriate topic
  • - Participate in the technical conference sessions as a speaker
  • - Convene and chair panel sessions of relevant topics.

Please submit your paper online here

Conference Milestones
Call for Papers Opens Now
Draft Program Published As papers are confirmed
Final Deadline for Submissions 21 July, 2023
Final Program Published 23 July, 2023
Final Slides Received 04 August, 2023


Program Material

The SAFNOG-8 Conference Programme consists of two parts, these being the Tutorials and Conference Tracks.

Topics proposed must be relevant to Internet Operations and Technologies:

  • - IPv4/IPv6 Routing and Operations
  • - Internet backbone operations
  • - Routing Security, including RPKI and MANRS
  • - ISP and Carrier services
  • - Peering, Interconnects and IXP's
  • - Network Function Virtualizaton
  • - Network Automation/Programming
  • - Research on Internet Operations and Deployment
  • - Network infrastructure security
  • - Access and Transport Technologies
  • - Content & Service Delivery and "Cloud Computing"
  • - Semi conductor shortage and impact to equipment acquisition and operation

CfP Submissions

Draft slides for both tutorials and conference sessions MUST be provided with CfP submissions otherwise the Programme Committee will be unable to review the submission. For avoidance of doubt this means that submissions which do not include slides will be rejected immediately. For work in progress, the most current information available at time of submission is acceptable.

All draft and complete slides must be submitted in PDF format only

Final slides are to be provided by the specified deadline for publication on the SAFNOG-8 websites.

Prospective presenters should note that the majority of speaking slots will be filled well before the final submission deadline. The PC may, at their discretion, retain a limited number of slots up to the final submission deadline for presentations that are exceptionally timely, important, or of critical operational importance. Every year we turn away submissions, due to filling up all available programme slots before the deadline. Presenters should endeavour to get material into the PC sooner rather than later.

Any questions or concerns should be addressed to the Programme Committee by e-mail at: safnog-pc-chairs at safnog dot org

We look forward to receiving your presentation proposals.

Mailing List

Targeted at network and operations engineers in Southern Africa.

The mailing list was established to provide a forum for the exchange of technical information and the discussion of specific implementation issues that require cooperation among network service providers.

To ensure that the list is a useful forum for discussion of relevant technical issues, participants are asked to respect these guidelines. Failure to do so can lead to posting rights being denied.


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