UbuntuNet Alliance places high value on capacity building and through self-paced courses will now be able to make training continuously available to member NRENs. This year, two courses, BGP Zero to Hero and BGP Scaling Techniques for NRENs, will be offered as self-paced training for network engineers. The courses have been developed to allow participants to acquire new skills while continuing to perform their regular office duties.
The first course, BGP Zero to Hero, will be held from March 6 through March 24 and will cover topics including IS-IS level 2 routing, BGP path attributes and routing policies. The second course, BGP Scaling Techniques for NRENs will build on the first and run from June 5 to June 23, 2023. It it will cover some of the BGP scaling techniques commonly used in Internet Service Provider (ISP) environments, such as peer-groups, Route Reflectors, and BGP Communities. It is expected that each participant will need two hours per day for three weeks to complete a course and will receive a certificate upon completion.
The extensive hands-on labs included in the courses are intended to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to design and operate BGP core networks, as well as to prepare them for more advanced courses on Routing Security and Multi-Protocol Label Switching, which will be held in the second half of 2023.
Capacity building exercises such as these are made possible under the AfricaConnect3 project that is funded by the European Commission.