PACTRAINING – Pacific Technical Training Project

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The PACTraining project developed a plan to guide future investment in technical network management and security training in the Pacific and delivered a series of training courses for participants in five Pacific countries between 2019 and 2021.



The aim of project was to create a comprehensive Training Plan that will guide future investments in technical training in the Pacific, and to develop and deliver training and assistance activities that reduce national-level network inefficiencies and improve Internet connectivity in the Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and Samoa.


The APNIC Foundation is implementing a series of technical training and assistance activities to reduce national-level network inefficiencies and improve Internet connectivity in selected Pacific countries. The project is part of the Cyber and Critical Tech Cooperation Program.


The first output of the project was a Training Plan.  Top priorities across seven technical topics were identified and opportunities to complete self-paced online courses using the APNIC Academy, attend webinars, practice using virtual labs and receive online technical assistance were made available.

Course material was also adapted, including the development of a new Network Monitoring and Management (NMM) course which was designed to be taught in a series of modules that could be tailored for students. This meant it would suit operators running networks of all shapes and sizes.

The ongoing training of participants is also being supported via the establishment of learning pathways. This has benefited the over 150 participants who have been trained under this project.


The project team developed the Training Plan based on a detailed community consultation process conducted from August to December 2019, that involved a series of face-to-face interviews and an online survey to network operators (mobile operators and Internet Service Providers), universities, banks, government agencies as well as other organizations from Solomon Islands, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and Samoa.

Training activities developed and delivered by APNIC under the project include:

  • 19-23 October 2020 – The first virtual training event, for with the Solomon Islands community and focusing on routing with RPKI.
  • 26-30 October 2020 – Virtual Network Security Training
  • 2-6 November 2020 – Virtual Network Security Training for Tonga
  • 9-13 November 2020 – Virtual Network Security Training for Vanuatu
  • 16-20 November 2020 – Virtual Network Security Training for Solomon Islands
  • 9-11 March 2021 – Virtual IPv6 training for Vanuatu
  • 13-15 April 2021 – Virtual Multi Protocol Label Switching training for Fiji
  • 31 May – 4 June 2021 – Virtual Network Management and Monitoring (NMM) training for 27 students from Tonga
  • 17-19 August 2021 – Virtual Software Defined Networking (SDN)

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