By hosting the very first RIPE Atlas Probe sponsored by the Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC), NITPAA has become the first entity to perform the real time measurement of Internet connectivity in Afghanistan.
The RIPE Atlas project which is a global network of probes and anchors, measures the internet connectivity and reachability, and provide an unprecedented understanding of the state of the country’s internet infrastructure in real time.
The network has got thousands of active probes connected with it, which is growing continuously. The RIPE NCC collects data from this network and provides Internet maps, data tools and visualizations based on the aggregated results. RIPE Atlas users, who host a probe, can also use the entire RIPE Atlas network to conduct customized measurements that provide valuable data about their own network.
AT APNIC 42 workshop and conference in Colombo Sri Lanka, Mr. A. Khalil Azizi, a member of NITPAA, met Mr. Anurag Bhatia who provided him with five of these devices to be placed in different organizations in Afghanistan to measure internet performance. These 5 devices will be placed across different types of organizations such as Universities, ISP, home network and business network to diversify the measurements and analysis.
These small, USB-powered hardware devices currently can measure the ping, tracerout, SSL/TLS, DNS, NTP and HTTP to selective targets and relay this data to the RIPE NCC, where they are aggregated with the data from the rest of the RIPE Atlas network. They use a very small amount of bandwidth and cannot determine any information about the content passing to or from their host computers.
One of these devices has already been installed in a home network where Mr. Nasrat Khalid (the board member and chair of ITRCA committee of NITPAA) will be doing a research on the data provided by this device and will publish a technical report on it through ITRCA.
The APNIC aim’s to build the world’s largest Internet measurement Network initiated by RIPE NCC, and thus the APNIC-supported Atlas Anchors (the more powerful version of the probe with much greater measurement capacity) are deployed in Sri Lanka, Singapore, India, Nepal and Pakistan.
APNIC, ICANN and Facebook are the most popular sponsors of this project and As promised, 15 more devices are to be handed over to NITPAA which will then be distributed to other volunteer organizations in the country though the community.