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15th Annual Global Peering Forum Explores Demands and Drivers of Interconnection

The global peering landscape has been shifting and accelerating in recent years — and as we develop into a more digital world, its momentum continues. With 2020 prompting organizations to maximize their online capabilities while prioritizing the user experience, it’s clear that interconnection is — and will continue to be — a hot topic. 

Today, the internet is expanding its role as a foundational element of global operations at an impressive rate. In fact, Equinix reports that 70% of new value created in the next decade will be derived from digitally enabled business models. Running parallel to this development is peering’s strong trajectory as a key enabler for global network reach and traffic optimization — both of which meet demands for newly remote workforces and beyond.

To support the convergence of the peering community and drive ongoing collaboration, The Global Peering Forum (GPF) is proud to announce that registration is now open for its 2021 event. Taking place virtually on April 19-22, this occasion constitutes a 15th installment of the annual networking event that promotes interconnection among networks, content, cloud, and digital media organizations, as well as related entities. 

Together, decision makers from global Internet Service Providers, Content Delivery Networks, cloud, and interconnection service providers will share insights through meetings, presentations, and networking opportunities. Featuring a curated agenda of thought leadership from industry pioneers, attendees won’t want to miss this event’s discussions surrounding IPv6, post-pandemic adaptations, BGP telemetry, new market developments and more. Check out the full agenda below. 

GFP 2021 Agenda: 

Monday, April 19, 2021

9:00 AM PT – Opening Keynote

9:10 AM PT – Michele Willis – Africa’s Online Evolution

9:20 AM PT – Annalisa Carosi – Managing Global IP Traffic Demand in a “Restricted World” 

9:30 AM PT – Patrick Christian – Emerging Interconnection Hubs

9:50 AM PT – Julio Sirota – Peering in Brazil 

3:30 PM PT – Social


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

9:00 AM PT – AGM

9:30 AM PT – Kyle Spencer – The Impact of COVID-19, Social Media Bans, and Internet Shutdowns

9:50 AM PT – James Shank – BGP, FlowSpec & UTRS

10:10 AM PT – Rassam Farddoust – JUMBO IX

10:30 AM PT – Peering Personals


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

9:00 AM PT – Achie Atienza – Ph Internet Landscape

9:20 AM PT – Susan Forney – IPv6 Adoption over Internet Exchanges

9:40 AM PT – Ignas Bagdonas – BGP Telemetry 

10:00 AM PT – Panel: Adapting During the Pandemic

Moderator: Wouter van Renterghem

Speakers: Emily Park 

    Ivo Ivanov

    Katsuyasu Toyama

    Susan Forney

10:45 AM PT – Closing Keynote

11:00 AM PT – Social 

GPF has been at the forefront of networking and interactive socials since inception — and this year is no exception. GPF 2021 is leveraging the platform Gather Town to provide a place for attendees to network, interact and participate in the socials. This year’s social events will feature exciting and engaging virtual activities including: Trivia, a Magic Show, The Escape Game and DJs in Tech. The team-building activities (Trivia and The Escape Game) will award a fun prize to the winning group. Register today to participate in it all from the comfort of your own home or office. 

The virtual 2021 Global Peering Forum event is organized by the GPF board. To register for the event, please click here


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