The Pacific Network Operators Group

PacNOG was established initially as a mailing list for ISP operations engineers in the Pacific region who participated in the ISP Routing Workshop held prior to the APNIC 18 conference in Nadi, Fiji in August 2004.

PacNOG's History

APNIC held its first member meeting in the Pacific in August 2004, in Nadi in Fiji. For this meeting, Philip Smith of Cisco Systems CTO Consulting Engineering Group proposed running an ISP Routing Workshop for the network operators in the Pacific who would be coming to the APNIC 18 meeting.

The Workshop was led by Philip Smith and held at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi. Also at the venue was a CEO event for the Pacific CEOs, organised by Save Vocea (APNIC) and assisted by Fred Christopher (PITA).

There were 26 attendees at the Routing Workshop, from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Tuvalu, Tonga, Marshall Islands, Solomons, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Western Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Niue and Vanuatu. The three members of the APNIC Training Team also took part (Miwa Fujii, Champika Wijayatunga and John H'ng).

At the end of the workshop, and following the extremely positive feedback from the participants, Philip, Save and Fred proposed creating a mailing list so that the participants could keep in touch after the workshop, and promised to investigate ways of holding more training events of this nature. This mailing list was set up as the PacNOG mailing list, leading to the creation of the Pacific Network Operators Group.

Hence the PacNOG community commonly referring to the workshop held prior to APNIC 18 as PacNOG 0.