BGP Peering Workshop 2021


Workshop description and summary:
This is a technical workshop, made up of lecture and hands-on lab work to teach the IS-IS and BGP skills required for the configuration and operation of large scale networks that make up the Internet.

Date:                                     22 – 24 November 2021
Time:                                     9:00 – 17:30
Venue:                                  Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit, Thailand (location map)
Maximum Class Size:        28 participants, working in groups.


Course Fee:                   

Standard:                   18,000 THB
Early Bird:                  12,000 THB

Early-bird registration fees must be paid before or on April 30 where as Standard registration fees must be paid before or on May 10 by cheque or wire transfer payment. 

Group rate: please contact

Md Abdul Awal, NSRC
Philip Smith, NSRC
Viraphan Samadi, intERLab, AIT
Kittinan Sriprasert, BKNIX

Course Duration : 3 days

Workshop topics :

  • Workshop topics include, but are not limited to:
  • IS-IS design and best practices for Service Provider networks
  • BGP protocol, attributes and policy control
  • BGP scalability (including Route Reflectors and Communities)
  • BGP Best Practices, including Aggregation
  • BGP multihoming techniques (redundancy and load balancing)
  • BGP Communities as used by Network Operators
  • Peering Best Practices

Workshop Schedule:

Day 1
Session 1  Introduction to the BGP Peering Workshop
Session 2  IS-IS Recap
Session 3  Lab Setup
Session 4  IS-IS (LAB)
Session 5  BGP Recap
Session 6  iBGP (LAB)
Session 7  eBGP with Transit (LAB)
Session 8  BGP Multihoming (Part 1)

Day 2
Session 1  BGP Multihoming (Part 2)
Session 2  Private Peer (LAB)
Session 3  IXP Peering (LAB)
Session 4  The Value of Peering
Session 5  Peering Policies (LAB)
Session 6  IXP Bilateral (LAB)
Session 7  BGP Best Practices

Day 3
Session 1  BGP Communities
Session 2  BGP Communities (LAB)
Session 3  BGP Case Studies
Session 4  Traffic Engineering over two links to an IX (LAB)
Session 5  Traffic Engineering between two IXes (LAB)
Session 6  Troubleshooting BGP
Session 7  Configuring Dynamips
Q&A and Closing


Target Audience:
Technical staff who are now building or operating a wide area service provider network with international and/or multi-provider connectivity, or considering participation at an Internet Exchange point, or considering deploying IPv6 across their infrastructure and to their end users.

Workshop requirements :
It is assumed that the workshop participants are proficient with a router command line interface, have a good understanding of OSPF or IS-IS, as well as experience with using BGP in an operational network.

This workshop is not an introduction. Participants are expected to have already successfully completed previous Routing Workshops or have demonstrable equivalent experience.

The lab exercises use Cisco IOS configuration syntax.

Participants are required to bring laptops.


Biography of Instructors

Md. Abdul Awal
Md. Abdul Awal is a passionate network engineer and a trainer at the Network Startup Resource Center. He works for the national data center in Bangladesh. He has been consulting for several ISPs and Universities mostly to help them design, operate and troubleshoot their networks. He teaches courses on Routing & Switching, Network Security and Cyber Security at the Central Information and Technology Service at the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB).

Over the past few years, Awal has conducted several workshops and tutorials, many of them in cooperation with the NSRC, covering topics such as campus network design and operations, advanced BGP routing, IPv6 deployment, MPLS network deployment, network monitoring and management and network security. He has been teaching at NOGs across the Asia-Pacific region such as bdNOG, SANOG, and APRICOT events in partnership with the NSRC to help improve Internet operations across the area.

Awal helped build and operate countrywide DWDM infrastructure and IP/MPLS backbone network for Bangladesh Research and Education Network (BdREN). He spent a lot of time helping universities to build structured campus network and deploy advanced networking technologies. He conducted many workshops for the network administrators in universities to help improve their campus network operations. Before joining BdREN, he worked for one of the largest transit providers in Bangladesh for three years.

Philip Smith 
Philip Smith has been working in the Internet industry since the early 1990s after catching the Internet bug in the mid 1980s while at University. He runs his own consulting company, PFS Internet Development.

Philip spends some of his time working for the Network Startup Resource Centre as a Senior Network Engineer and Training Coordinator, assisting with Network Operations Groups coordination, and providing network design assistance and training around the Pacific, South and South East Asia, the Middle East and Africa. .

He previously worked at APNIC as Learning and Development Director, where his team’s responsibilities ranged from Training, APNIC Conferences and Events, Network Operations Group support, Technical Programmes such as IPv6 Deployment, Internet Exchange Points, and Rootname Server deployments, and the Information Society Innovation Fund grants programme. .

Before APNIC, he was a member of the Internet Infrastructure Group in CTO Consulting Engineering of Cisco Systems for more than thirteen years. He also served for 3 years on the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society. .

Prior to joining Cisco, he spent five years at PIPEX (incorporated into UUNET, and now part of Verizon’s global ISP business), the UK’s first commercial ISP, where he was Head of Network Engineering. As is common with startups in a rapidly growing marketplace, Philip gained deep experience in all of the engineering roles in an ISP, from support engineer, network operations, engineering, and development, before assuming responsibility for the entire UK network operation. He was one of the first engineers working in the commercial Internet in the UK, and he helped establish the LINX Internet Exchange Point in London and played a key role in building the modern Internet in Europe.

Viraphan Samadi , Training Manager
obtained his Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Thailand in 1999. At the same time he was working as IT officer at the same institute as a part time. He has over 18 years experience in internet and campus networking. Currently he work as training manger at intERLab/AIT. He also a team leader for IT service unit that look after IT related work at the institute.

Kittinan Sriprasert
Kittinan Sriprasert is the Technical Manager at Bangkok Neutral Internet Exchange (BKNIX) – First Layer 2 IXP in Thailand. He is also the first engineer who works at BKNIX from the very beginning. He is responsible for developing overall infrastructures including network planning, operational optimization or maintenance and services to enhance the performance and security of internet exchange infrastructures. Before BKNIX, He was a network engineer at Advance Info Services (AIS), Mobile & Broadband Operator in Thailand where his responsibilities were troubleshooting a network problem in various kind of services on different vendors and coordinating with several NOC from other service providers and also field engineers all over the country. He usually contributes to the workshop such as BGP, Network Monitoring etc. with University Network (UniNet) and Thailand Research and Education Network (ThaiREN). He is also a member of Thai Network Operators Group as a steering committee.


Certificate of participation, training materials, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please note that the places are limited and the registration will be on a “first come – first served” basis. If you have any further queries, please contact Mr. Viraphan Samadi email: training at


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