The Pacific Network
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.
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
made possible because APNIC 18 was being held in the Pacific for
the first time, in August 2004, at the Sheraton Denarau. Given
that the APNIC 18 event was to be held in the Pacific, Dr Philip
Smith of Cisco Systems CTO Consulting Engineering Group proposed
running an ISP Routing Workshop for the network operators in
the Pacific who were planning to attend APNIC 18. Savenaca Vocea
of APNIC proposed the opportunity of the workshop to PITA (Fred
Led by Dr Philip Smith, the Workshop was held at the Tanoa
International Hotel in Nadi, and hosted by PITA in conjunction
with the PITA-APT
Regional ICT Meeting and other technical PITA events around
Fellowship to attend this workshop was available for all Pacific
Islands and was provided by ITU.
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.
Hence the PacNOG community commonly referring to the workshop
held prior to APNIC 18 as PacNOG 0.