State of internet measurement in Africa - A survey

Musab Isah, Amreesh Phokeer*, Josiah Chavula, Ahmed Elmokashfi, Alemnew Sheferaw Asrese

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicatione-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries - 11th EAI International Conference, AFRICOMM 2019, Proceedings
EditorsRafik Zitouni, Max Agueh, Pélagie Houngue, Hénoc Soude
Pages121-139
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-41593-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries - Porto-Novo, Benin
Duration: 3 Dec 20194 Dec 2019
Conference number: 11

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
Volume311 LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries
Abbreviated titleAFRICOMM
CountryBenin
CityPorto-Novo
Period03/12/201904/12/2019

Keywords

  • Fixed-line
  • Measurement
  • Measurement-tools
  • Metrics
  • Mobile
  • Network monitoring
  • Platforms

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    Isah, M., Phokeer, A., Chavula, J., Elmokashfi, A., & Asrese, A. S. (2020). State of internet measurement in Africa - A survey. In R. Zitouni, M. Agueh, P. Houngue, & H. Soude (Eds.), e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries - 11th EAI International Conference, AFRICOMM 2019, Proceedings (pp. 121-139). (Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST; Vol. 311 LNICST). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-41593-8_9