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The Middle East Network Operators Group (MENOG) Meeting & Peering Forum will be held on 3 and 4 April 2018 in Beirut - Lebanon, hosted by OGERO, ISOC Lebanon chapter and the American university of Beirut (AUB).

Decision makers from regional and global ISPs & Mobile Operators, CDNs, cloud and interconnection service providers, will join together for 2 days of meetings, presentations, and networking events. The registration and call for papers are now opened at: https://www.menog.org/meetings/menog-19/

With an open and interactive format, MENOG19 will discuss a wide range of issues that are important to the Middle East Internet and Telecommunications communities. Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss industry trends and recent developments and can expand their professional networks and initiate new peering arrangements.

It’s recently become clear that the uptake of peering and interconnection in the Middle East has been stagnating. Less than half of the countries in the Middle East have a functioning Internet Exchange Point (IXP), and many of the existing IXPs are far from reaching their full market potential. Research also shows that many operators still send domestic traffic to be exchanged out of the region. This is why the MENOG team has decided to formally establish itself as the peering forum for the region by dedicating more time for the issues of peering, interconnection and IXP development.

By bringing together experts from across the Middle East and around the world to share their knowledge and experience, the Lebanese and regional Internet community will continue to move forward and catch the developing countries. MENOG19 helps drive continued Internet development in the Middle East in emphasizing the principles of the Internet: openness and collaboration.

For more information, please visit MENOG website: https://www.menog.org

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