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

A Network Routing Workshop for ISPs was held at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi, Fiji, in August 2004 in what was to be the fore-runner for the PacNOG meetings.

The workshop was hosted by PITA at the Tanoa International Hotel with its PITA-APT Regional ICT meetings in conjunction with APNIC 18, that was being held in the Pacific for the first time, in August 2004, at the Sheraton Denarau. (PITA relocated its Regional ICT meeting from Vanuatu to Fiji to be with APNIC 18, and for the synergies such as with this workshop)

Given that the APNIC 18 event was to be held in the Pacific, Dr Philip Smith of Cisco Systems CTO Consulting Engineering Group proposed with APNIC (Savenaca Vocea) of running an ISP Routing Workshop for the network operators in the Pacific and then further proposed and discussed with PITA (Fred Christopher) by APNIC (Savenaca Vocea) for the synergy opportunities of APNIC 18 and PITA Regional ICT meetings. and in particular the specialised needs for this operational area in its emerging prominence. Thanks to ITU funding jointly requested by APNIC and PITA, fellowships was provided to bring in the Pacific internet managers and network engineers from the Pacific. (These funds supported fellowships for the internet engineers for two years and then operators began funding their own personnel for training)

The workshop was conducted and led by Dr Philip Smith There were 26 attendees at the Routing Workshop, from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Tuvalu, Tonga, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, New Caledonia, 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. Of the further workshops, PITA agreed to take the role of regional coordinator and be host by rotating venue amongst the Pacific members. NSRC (Steve Huter) immediately rendered its support to what became partnerships between PITA, APNIC, ICANN (when Savenaca joined ICANN), and NSRC.

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

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