Infrastructure and Community Development

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Without trust and collaboration between those who build and maintain the Internet, everyone’s Internet is weakened. This is why we are dedicated to building communities to build infrastructure, trust, and better local traffic exchange.

We all rely on technical communities to provide a reliable and affordable connection to the Internet. The Internet is strongest when there is a strong technical community that works well together and maintains the infrastructure that connects so many. 

Where local infrastructure is not robust, Internet connection is less reliable and more expensive. 

Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) are critical to strengthening local infrastructure. IXPs are a physical location where different networks meet to exchange local traffic via an Ethernet switch. This helps keep internet traffic local, and makes the Internet faster and cheaper. 

Local technical communities are a pillar for Internet development.

The Internet Society works with them to improve the local Internet infrastructure and to strengthen the trust and cooperation between those that build the Internet. 

Effective IXP Strategies for the Asia-Pacific: What Makes an Internet Exchange Point Successful?

In partnership with the Asia Pacific Internet Exchange Association, we studied how peering has evolved to provide faster, affordable, and resilient connectivity in the region – and how IXPs bring benefits beyond ports and speeds.

Moving Toward an Interconnected Africa: How the Technical Community Led the Way to Vision 80/20

In 2010, the Africa Internet technical community embraced an ambitious vision to have 80% of all Internet traffic locally accessible with only 20% being sourced internationally by 2020. Was the vision achieved or not? 

What Infrastructure and Community Development Does

The Infrastructure and Community Development team supports and strengthens the communities that build the Internet.

We do this by:

Building Communities

We mobilize and support individuals and organizations with common interests and technical expertise on Internet matters.

These communities include Network Operators Groups (NOGs) and National Research and Education Networks (NRENs).

Supporting the Builders

We support local technical communities to build critical Internet infrastructures such as Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), Country Code Top level Domains (ccTLDs), National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) among others.

We empower these communities to share knowledge and experiences at local and regional fora such as Peering Forums.

We also support the development of critical infrastructures, by providing technical assistance and equipment.

Training People Around the World

Through tutorials, on-line courses & hands-on workshops we train hundreds of individuals in targeted regions and economies.

The aim is to empower communities to build, run, and maintain Internet networks.

Sharing Information

By convening people, commissioning studies and publishing reports, we aim to increase awareness and knowledge about peering, interconnection, IXPs, and local expert communities.

This evidence guides our work with governments and stakeholders to develop sound policy and regulation.


Much of our work is done thanks to various partnerships.

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Interesting in partnering with us? Contact us.

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Infrastructure and Community Development News

Bridging Africa’s digital divide: The rise of community internet
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In the News 3 December 2021

Bridging Africa’s digital divide: The rise of community internet

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To Bridge the Digital Divide, States Need to Allow Community Networks
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In the News 23 November 2021

To Bridge the Digital Divide, States Need to Allow Community Networks

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In the News 18 November 2021


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