UKNOF is being closed down during 2024, and this site is now only active as an archive of previous events and presentations.


Elements ( 15 Hatfields)


15 Hatfields

15 Hatfields, Chadwick Court, London, SE1 8DJ.
Fearghas McKay (FLEXOPTIX // UKNOF), James Bensley (SKY // UKNOF), Keith Mitchell (UKNOF), Marek Isalski (FAELIX)

The UK Network Operators' Forum is resuming in-person meetings.

UKNOF50 will be held on 22nd of September 2022 in London at 15 Hatfields. 

People attending UKNOF50 in London must be fully vaccinated. Further details in the COVID-19 Protocol.

UKNOF events offer an OPEN environment for anyone within or interested in the Internet Industry. Network with industry colleagues, participate in knowledge sharing and freshen up on best practice around network operations and security.

For more information about UKNOF itself, please visit our primary site.

Social Media hashtag: #UKNOF50

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Bogons Portfast


  • Adil Baghir
  • Alastair Strachan
  • Alex Bloor
  • Alex Harrison
  • Alistair Adams-Huset
  • Andrew Buckley
  • Anne Johnson
  • Ben Cartwright-Cox
  • Brandon Butterworth
  • Cameron Barnes
  • Carolyn Allebrodt
  • Cassie Bezuidenhout
  • Cathy Almond
  • Charlie Boisseau
  • Chirag Desai
  • Chris Aldridge
  • Chris Bridle
  • Chris Croot
  • Chris Russell
  • Christian Leimer
  • Cliff Tam
  • Craig Gallen
  • Dan Peachey
  • Dave Pumford
  • Dave Wilson
  • David Murray
  • Debbie Casey
  • Denesh Bhabuta
  • Ed Fingleton
  • Elena Simion
  • Gary Hallberg
  • Gary Steers
  • Geoff Bennett
  • George Daly
  • Graeme Bailey
  • Greg Choules
  • Hari Jayaraman
  • Ian Chilton
  • Ian Dickinson
  • Ian Ferguson
  • Ilias Siddiqui
  • Inga Turner
  • Ivan Beveridge
  • James Bensley
  • James Clapham
  • Jamie Lesley
  • Jennifer Holmes
  • Jody Botham
  • John Cassidy
  • Jon Wiggins
  • Juan Pablo Paolillo
  • Juan Rodriguez Martinez
  • Justin Staig-Graham
  • Keith Mitchell
  • Kirsty Hebdon
  • Leo Vegoda
  • Linda Shannon
  • Liz Stevens
  • Lou Ashtonhurst
  • Luke Kelsall
  • Malcolm Scott
  • Malcolm Stewart
  • Marek Isalski
  • Mark Bodenham
  • Mark Paice
  • Mark Taylor
  • Matt Dinham
  • Matt Melbourne
  • Matthew Jepp
  • Matthew Skipsey
  • Matthew Trusson
  • Moyaze Shivji
  • Nico Cartron
  • Nigel Titley
  • Nina Saidi
  • Oli Stockman
  • Osman Hussein
  • Paul Thornton
  • Pavel Odintsov
  • Peter Stevens
  • Peter Taphouse
  • Phil Kennedy
  • Piotr Rydlichowski
  • Rachael Allen
  • Randrit Canaj
  • Rebecca Class-Peter
  • Rene Fichtmueller
  • Richard Irving
  • Richard Smith
  • Rick Dunsford
  • Rob Lister
  • Robert Mertling-Blake
  • Ross Moya
  • Sam Smith
  • Shannon Mackinnon
  • Simon Beevers
  • Simon Green
  • Simon Jackson
  • Simon Lockhart
  • Simon Pearce
  • Stephen Maloney
  • Steve Jones
  • Steve Karmeinsky
  • Steve Wright
  • Stuart Ridsdale
  • Stuart Steele
  • Sunil Kumar
  • Terence Carr
  • Thomas Greer
  • Thomas Stewart
  • Tim Chown
  • Tom Bird
  • Tom Hartley
  • Tom Hill
  • Tristan Deloche
  • Vincentz Petzholtz
  • Will Hargrave
UKNOF50 admin
    • 9:00 AM 9:55 AM
      Registration: In-person attendees Reception (15 Hatfields)


      15 Hatfields

      15 Hatfields, Chadwick Court, London, SE1 8DJ.
    • 9:45 AM 9:55 AM
      Registration: Remote attendees: Zoom room opens - while waiting, grab a drink and mingle with your peers in the ~UKNOF channel at Webinar (Zoom)



    • 9:55 AM 11:00 AM
      UKNOF50: Session 1 Elements


      15 Hatfields

      15 Hatfields, Chadwick Court, London, SE1 8DJ.
    • 11:00 AM 11:30 AM
      30 minutes break 30m Ozone (15 Hatfields)


      15 Hatfields

      15 Hatfields, Chadwick Court, London, SE1 8DJ.
    • 11:30 AM 12:30 PM
      UKNOF50: Session 2 Elements


      15 Hatfields

      15 Hatfields, Chadwick Court, London, SE1 8DJ.
      • 11:30 AM
        Quantum Key Distribution activities within GÉANT and the NREN community. 30m

        This presentation and talk will focus on activities and experience gained within GÉANT and NRENs related to Quantum Communication technologies. GÉANT and NRENs participate in number of National and European level programs and projects connected with quantum technologies in general. Activities are focused mainly on practical aspects and use cases implemented in real world scenarios and infrastructure.

        Quantum Key Distribution is an example of a quantum communication technology that can potentially provide a highly secure communication environment and provide a base for future quantum networks and ultimately the quantum Internet. Quantum Key Distribution is one of the first examples of practical implementation of quantum communication and quantum cryptography. QKD together with post quantum algorithms have significant potential for new secure optical transmission systems. Quantum networks are an essential component of a fully interconnect quantum computing infrastructure and transmit qubits between the quantum devices. The GÉANT GN4-3 project together with NRENs has been studying QKD technology, exploring testbeds, simulators, and facilitating discussion around R&E use cases that has led to several white papers being published and infoshares being held for the NREN community and its users. This material and experience has been shared with the NREN community at:

        The community uses also QKD networks and quantum communication network simulators especially to provide training and provide better understanding. Simulators play an essential part in understanding the assumptions and principles of quantum network operation. Under the GÉANT GN4-3 WP6 activities a QKD proof of concept has been designed in which GEANT will test novel QKD technology - Twin Field QKD - supporting QKD between nodes running at two relatively distant GÉANT PoPs. NRENs are also experimenting with the multiplexing of quantum channels and other topics related with the integration of quantum channels and transmission with classical optical communication systems.

        NRENs within its mission seek to support their users, including scientists, in demonstrating the readiness of new technologies. This approach is particularly important for European Quantum research. QKD services in NREN infrastructures have significant potential benefits for their user community as these technologies can support novel use cases, implementation scenarios and applications. QKD services can be designed and managed by NRENs and contribute to the overall advancement of QKD technology.

        NREN community is active in the Digital Europe Program calls related to EuroQCI initiative and NRENs are directly or indirectly involved in the national Quantum Communication Infrastructure programs.

        Speaker: Piotr Rydlichowski (PSNC (Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center))
      • 12:00 PM
        Automate RIPE DB handling with NetBox 15m

        Automation is key these days and we should automate as much as possible. We ( has solved the RIPE DB handling with some code of ours. We want to share that with everyone by presenting the RIPE updater project.

        Speaker: Vincentz Petzholtz (
      • 12:15 PM
        Axians Sponsored Presentation - Paragon Active Assurance 15m

        Paragon Active Assurance

        Speaker: Simon Beevers
    • 12:30 PM 2:00 PM
      90 minutes break 1h 30m Ozone (15 Hatfields)


      15 Hatfields

      15 Hatfields, Chadwick Court, London, SE1 8DJ.
    • 2:00 PM 3:00 PM
      UKNOF50: Session 3 Elements


      15 Hatfields

      15 Hatfields, Chadwick Court, London, SE1 8DJ.
      • 2:00 PM
        Hollow Core Fiber: What is it and Why should you be interested? 30m

        Conventional optical fiber, as “an asset that keeps on giving”, has served our industry incredibly well over the past 30 years but we know that there are fundamental limits on fiber capacity. In addition the popularity of low latency applications like financial services and gaming are demanding lower latency, which can become a problem for silica-based fiber because light travels at about two thirds of the speed through glass as it does through air.
        Hollow Core Fiber (HCF) has been under development for over a decade, with the promise of far lower latency because the optical signal travels through air, rather than glass. A longer term goal would be to position HCF as a way to offer higher transmission capacity than conventional, silica core fiber.
        HCF potentially increases capacity in two distinct ways. First, light is travelling in air, which is a linear medium as opposed to glass which is nonlinear. This could mean that transmit power and amplifier power could be increased, leading to higher capacity. Second is that propagation in air could mean a sufficiently low attenuation across a much wider range of wavelengths than silica core fiber.
        This presentation explains how HCF works; gives a brief description of its evolution and the current commercial and manufacturing status; offers a first level approximation of how and when the benefits of HCF will be available; and looks at the impact on the “fiber ecosystem” of transponders, ROADMs, amplifiers, connectors, installation techniques, splice repairs and test gear.

        Speaker: Mr Geoff Bennett (Mr.)
      • 2:30 PM
        The unending misery of 30m

        Since 2018 I've been running A site that displays real-time internet routing information for debugging or investigations.

        Building this site is a classic case of "oh I can do that in a weekend"... and that not turning out to be the case.

        Learn why it's taken me a handful of years to get right! Why you might want to write your own BGP daemon, why I've gotten creative with data sources, why the internet is actually a giant man made art project, and finally why you should help by giving it more data sources!

        Speaker: Mr Ben Cartwright-Cox (
    • 3:00 PM 3:30 PM
      30 minutes break 30m Ozone (15 Hatfields)


      15 Hatfields

      15 Hatfields, Chadwick Court, London, SE1 8DJ.
    • 3:30 PM 4:15 PM
      UKNOF50: Session 4 Elements


      15 Hatfields

      15 Hatfields, Chadwick Court, London, SE1 8DJ.
      • 3:30 PM
        Security in/with Community Services 15m

        Community Services short description and how those services are taking care of your security nowadays.

        Speaker: Mrs Camelia Simion (Team Cymru)
      • 3:45 PM
        Global NOG Alliance Taskforce: Keep Ukraine Connected 30m

        Usually we support with the Global NOG Alliance, colleagues from the community who want to set up a new NOG meeting. For this we provide everything necessary, free of charge.

        Base is a Indico system, which includes CfP, agenda scheduling, registration, etc. In addition, we have a speaker database that we can use to help newcomers. We can also create a sub-account through our bank and the organizers of a new NOG meeting will receive a virtual and/or physical debit credit card to be able to pay for everything related to the NOG Meeting. In addition, we have the opportunity to support NOG meetings with a little money from our budget. Everything at volunteer level and everything free of charge.

        But the February 24, 2022 changed a lot in the world and so did us.

        Two weeks after the start of the war in Ukraine, I drove to Ukraine with a friend with two trucks (40 tons and 7.5 tons) to hand over humanitarian goods there.

        When I called a board call on March 11, 2022 to share my experiences, we decided to help as a team. And we created a task force within the Global NOG Alliance. And that was the birth of the project: Keep Ukraine Connected.

        We had nothing, the only thing we had.... was a mission. Mission to help our friends from Ukraine, to help ISPs. All logistics companies had stopped the service and some action had to be taken. The operators of the on-site Internet infrastructure needed equipment for the destroyed infrastructure/parts of the destroyed infrastructure.

        We started from scratch and by March 2022 we already saw ourselves as a link between the communities. As a link between users and manufacturers. We have the contacts and wanted to use them and create synergies. Within three weeks we managed to collect around 2 tons of equipment. This equipment came from Germany/ Europe and also the USA. Within three weeks we programmed a Supply&Demand Database where donors and those in need can register. Donors can enter what they want to donate and requesters can enter their needs there.

        on March 8th, 2022 I started a small European tour to collect equipment with a 7.5 ton truck. So I started in Berlin, via the Czech Republic, Austria to Slovenia. After the SEE10 meeting in Ljubljana, i continued via Austria, the Czech Republic and Poland to the Ukraine, where I met our local contacts to load the 2 tons of equipment onto another truck.

        We currently work with the Ministry of Digital Transformation, The Association of Rights Holders and Content Providers, The Ukrainian Internet Association and DEPS. DEPS is our local donation distributor to get all the equipment we bring to Ukraine to the right companies.

        In my presentation, i would like to show how we see our global community and how important it is to help one another in difficult times. We refrain from any political discussions or support. We support our friends from the NOG community and also want to be a bit of an example that our community doesn't think in borders, colors, races or genders. Don't talk, just do anything is our motto and we want to pass this on and motivate other supporters to support us.

        I will update the presentation also with news out of the region.

        Speaker: Mr Rene Fichtmueller (Global NOG Alliance/ Flexoptix GmbH)
    • 4:15 PM 4:25 PM
      10 minutes comfort break 10m
    • 4:25 PM 5:00 PM
      UKNOF50: Session 5 Elements


      15 Hatfields

      15 Hatfields, Chadwick Court, London, SE1 8DJ.
    • 5:00 PM 8:00 PM
      Pints n' Packets: (In-person attendees) Drinks and mingle Ozone (15 Hatfields)


      15 Hatfields

      15 Hatfields, Chadwick Court, London, SE1 8DJ.