20 Years of TCP/IP in South Africa
At 10:44 AM on 12 November 1991, an IP "ping" packet was sent between Rhodes University's computing centre in Grahamstown to the home of Randy Bush in Portland, Oregon. This is the earliest known IP connection between Sub-Saharan Africa and the rest of the world, and thus marked the start of Internet connectivity in this country.
Twenty years on and a lot has changed. Internet access is rapidly becoming ubiquitous; it is taken for granted in much of the world, and by many South Africans. From Facebook to Youtube, the "web" is now part of our daily lives.
Thus, on this the twentieth anniversary of Internet access in South Africa, it seems appropriate that we pay tribute to those early pioneers who's work made this all possible. Accordingly, the Information Technology Division at Rhodes University would like to invite you to join us in a small celebration to mark this event.
When: Thursday 24 November 2011. See the programme for times.
What: the main event will be a series of presentations, followed by a cheese and wine.
Who: anybody who's interested, but especially people who were involved
Costs: none, other than getting here