e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. 11th EAI International Conference, AFRICOMM 2019, Porto-Novo, Benin, December 3–4, 2019, Proceedings

Research Article

State of Internet Measurement in Africa - A Survey

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-030-41593-8_9,
        author={Musab Isah and Amreesh Phokeer and Josiah Chavula and Ahmed Elmokashfi and Alemnew Asrese},
        title={State of Internet Measurement in Africa - A Survey},
        proceedings={e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. 11th EAI International Conference, AFRICOMM 2019, Porto-Novo, Benin, December 3--4, 2019, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={AFRICOMM},
        year={2020},
        month={2},
        keywords={Measurement Network monitoring Platforms Mobile Metrics Fixed-line Measurement-tools},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-030-41593-8_9}
    }
    
  • Musab Isah
    Amreesh Phokeer
    Josiah Chavula
    Ahmed Elmokashfi
    Alemnew Asrese
    Year: 2020
    State of Internet Measurement in Africa - A Survey
    AFRICOMM
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-41593-8_9
Musab Isah1,*, Amreesh Phokeer1,*, Josiah Chavula2,*, Ahmed Elmokashfi3,*, Alemnew Asrese4,*
  • 1: African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC)
  • 2: University of Cape Town
  • 3: Simula Metropolitan CDE
  • 4: Aalto University
*Contact email: nmusabu@gmail.com, amreesh@AFRINIC.net, jchavula@cs.uct.ac.za, ahmed@simula.no, alemnew.asrese@aalto.fi

Abstract

This paper presents the results of a survey aimed at understanding the status of Internet measurement platforms usage, deployment and capabilities in Africa. It presents findings related to prevalence of measurement in the region, the reasons why the different business categories investigated conduct Internet measurement as well as the metrics of interest to these entities. The survey also looked at the popular measurement platforms that the respondents use in their measurement activities as well as the platforms that are hosted by businesses and users in the African region. The survey also recorded responses related to data handling and privacy considerations. A total of 123 responses were received from 34 countries. The survey revealed that Internet measurements are not widely conducted in the region largely due to the inadequacy of deployed measurement platforms, the lack of awareness in the subject, and the lack of relevant skills to carry out the measurement tasks. We outlined some recommendations to remedy these issues.