Roderick FANOU

PhD Student
at IMDEA Networks

Research interests

Impacts of Internet eXchange Points (IXPs) on the interdomain routing in Africa, Routing Architecture, and Internet measurement, and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs)


I have been working, since October 2013, as a PhD Student at IMDEA Networks Institute, under the supervision of Pierre Francois and then Francisco Valera Pintor.

My main activities are to investigate the state of interdomain routing in Africa, identify its weaknesses, observe its evolution, and suggest ways to boost the Internet growth in the region. These goals can not be achieved without a partnership with local network operators. I deployed a considerable amount of RIPE Atlas probes on the African continent for research purposes. Since then, I became one of the RIPE Atlas Ambassador in Africa. Using those measurements devices, I constantly collect data, analyze it and report to the community on topics such as Interdomain routing, Content Delivery, peering evolution, etc. More recently, I did a 5 months internship (November 1, 2015 to April 1st, 2016) at Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA)/University of San Diego (UCSD) to improve my skills in Internet Measurements and Data analysis.

On the other hand, I led ISOC's AXIS (African Internet eXchange System) capacity building workshops in Burkina Faso, Niger, Benin, Mauritania, Congo, Liberia, and the Ethiopia ICT workshop. Besides, I gave a training course on Routing protocols and IXP to an ISP in the region and at the University of Abomey Calavi in July - August 2014.

Short biography

I am born and raised in Benin, a coastal West African country located between Togo and Nigeria. I obtained, in July 2006, my scientific A-level after which I was awarded a five-year grant to study at the Polytechnic School of Abomey-Calavi (EPAC) (University of Abomey-Calavi - UAC, Benin). I graduated with an Engineering degree in Networks and Telecommunications as the top of my class. Next, I joined EUPHORBIA Sarl, a local Internet Service Provider (ISP), as an intern. Working in such an environment triggered my desire to carry out research in the field of IP Networking and help achieve affordable Internet services for everyone. I have therefore been enrolled in the Masters of Science Programme in Telematics Engineering imparted by University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M, Spain). I successfully got my master degree in September 2014. I am currently at the end of my 2nd year in the Telematics Engineering PhD Program (at the said University) with as PhD Directors Francisco Valera Pintor and Pierre Francois.