Everybody’s familiar with the Infotel process by now – once a year, we all get hugely excited and sally forth to the closest thing Sri Lanka has to an Expo.
Interestingly, there’s going to be one particular booth set up by a company a bit different from the stuff we’ve seen before. It’s by an organization called APNIC, and APNIC happens to be the Regional Internet Registry for the Asia Pacific Region. It’s a non-profit that manages the allocation of Internet numbers for this entire region – IPs as well as Autonomous Systems (AS) numbers.
APNIC has a bit of history that should interest someone studying the structure and history of the Internet. As for what they’ll be doing at Infotel, they’ve got quite a list:
- How to get provider independent Internet number resources (IPv4, IPv6 and ASNs)
- APNIC educational programs and world class training
- IPv6 transition
- Reverse DNS
- RPKI and other network security options
- IP resource policies
It’s not for everybody. Most people would be more interested in the models handing out headphone discounts. Networkers and ‘net hackers – this one’s for us.