btNOG: Fifth Bhutan Network Operators Group Meeting

Date and Location

4 - 8 June 2018, Simtokha


btNOG 5 is being hosted by the Network Operators of Bhutan.


The btNOG Conference and Workshop is an opportunity for capacity development for the professionals of IT/ICT involved in the operation of networks and network services in Bhutan.


btNOG's Fifth Meeting consists of 1 day of conference followed by 4 days of training by hands-on workshops.

  • The registration fee for the conference is Nu.3000 (US$60).
  • The registration fee for both workshops and conference is Nu.9500 (US$150).

Registration is available now. We encourage you to register as soon as possible. Due to the popular demand for the courses, the limited number of training seats will run out quickly.

Residents of Bhutan interested in participating in btNOG5 are requested to bring their completed registration form to their nearest TashiCell Customer Care centre to register. Registration fees must be paid at the time of registration - no training seat is guaranteed until registration has been paid for.

International guests who wish to participate in btNOG5 are requested to complete the registration form and send it to btnog-sec(at)nog(dot)bt to confirm their registration.


btNOG is proud to offer fellowships for 3 women working in the ICT industry in Bhutan. btNOG is grateful to the Network Startup Resource Centre (NSRC) for providing the financial backing for this opportunity. For more information, see the Fellowship Application page.


btNOG 5 will be held in Simtokha at the Royal Institute of Management.


The call for papers for the 4th June btNOG plenary is now closed..

The conference outline is below.

Monday, 4th June

  • Plenary Conference - Agenda
  • 08:30-09:30
    • Registration
  • 09:30-11:00
    • Welcome Remarks
      • btNOG Organising Committee
    • Opening Remarks
      • Honourable Secretary MOIC - Royal Government of Bhutan
    • Introductory Remarks: The Benefit of NOGs
      • Paul Wilson - APNIC
    • Keynote: Analysis of IXP Benefits
  • 11:00-11:30: Tea Break
  • 11:30-13:00
    • Being Open: Facebook and its Edge
      • Matt Jansen - Facebook
    • The State of On-Line Video
      • Gaurab Raj Upadhaya - Limelight Networks
      • Presentation slides
    • Why and How to Begin Considering about Security
  • 13:00-14:00: Lunch
  • 14:00-15:30
    • Akamai CDN, Peering, and Traffic Trends
    • Network Automation
      • Tashi Phuntsho - APNIC
      • Presentation slides
    • Virtualisation and Clustering at RUB - My Experience
  • 15:30-16:00: Tea Break
  • 16:00-17:30
    • College Campus Network Management: Case of Royal Thimphu College
    • DrukREN Implementation and Operation Update
    • BTCIRT Update
    • Open Microphone Session
      • btNOG Organising Committee
    • Closing Remarks
  • 18:30-21:00
    • btNOG 5 Social Event
      • Terma Linca Resort, Babesa

Tuesday 5th - Friday 8th June: Technical Workshops

  • Track 1: Campus Network Design
  • Philip Smith (NSRC), Sonam Penjor (RUB) and Urpan Adhikari (TashiCell)
  • Participants: 36 maximum
  • Workshop Website
  • Track 2: Wireless Network Design
  • Jon Brewer (NSRC), Mike Jager (NSRC) and Karma Jamyang (DITT)
  • Participants: 20 maximum
  • Workshop Website
  • Track 3: IPv6 Deployment
  • Matsuzaki Yoshinobu (IIJ), Tashi Phuntsho (APNIC), Kuenzang Dorji (NANO) and Lungten Wangchuk (Zealous Systems)
  • Participants: 30 maximum
  • Workshop Website

Wednesday 6th June

  • Women in ICT Social sponsored by NSRC
  • Time: 19:00
  • Venue: TBA
  • Social event for women participants only

Friday 8th June

  • Workshop Closing Dinner
  • Time: 19:00
  • Venue: TBA


The presentations will be made available by following the agenda links above after the conference has completed.

How to get to Simtokha

Simtokha is a few kilometres south of Thimphu.

International participants have a choice of airlines, DrukAir and TashiAir, flying from Singapore, Bangkok, Dhaka, Kathmandu, and 6 airports in India.

International delegates other than Indian and Bangladeshi nationals need to send their completed, signed and scanned visa form with picture to btnog-sec(at)nog(dot)bt. International delegates will also need to pay USD 40 as visa fee upon arrival at Paro International Airport, Bhutan.

More Information

For further information please contact the btNOG Secretariat at btnog-sec(at)nog(dot)bt.



btNOG is made possible with the support of many organisations with common interests in the development and stability of the Internet network infrastructure, operations, services and performance. We are always interested in expressions of interest of support from other organisations who share our desire to improve the Internet in the Bhutan.

Organisations who wish to support this or future btNOG meetings should please contact the organising committee by sending email to btnog-coord at

We'd like to acknowledge the generous support of NSRC, ICANN, APNIC, and IIJ.

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