…becomes West Africa regional exchange
By Prince Osuagwu
Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria, IXPN, has for several years advocated that internet traffics generated within Africa should be kept in Africa.
This position has over the years, endeared it to African internet services practitioners.
However, today, that recognition has been extended to full honour as the African Union Commission, AUC just named the company regional internet exchange.
In 2016, the IXPN was awarded a grant to enable it grow into a regional Internet Exchange for West Africa.
Project Manager, African Internet Exchange System, AU Commission, Mr. Moses Bayingana said with many IXPs in Africa currently exchanging intra-country traffic locally and intra-regional traffic exchanged regionally; this will reduce the latency and save costs by eliminating the international transit through overseas carriers.
He added that through AUC’s African Internet Exchange System, AXIS, countries in Africa with internet exchange points have increased from 18 to 35.
CEO of IXPN, Mr. Muhammed Rudman, said with the new status as the Regional Internet Exchange Point for West Africa, IXPN would seek strategic alliances with other IXPs, regional carriers and service providers towards a connected West Africa. He also said that the AXIS initiative has now positioned IXPN to champion a more regional connectivity drive that will ultimately lead to a one-connected Africa.
Rudman noted that localising the Internet within the African continent will improve quality of service as traffic will no longer travel abroad as was the case, and enjoined African countries, especially in the West Africa region, to embrace this concept of AXIS for a better and improved connectivity for the continent.
He revealed that in consonance with its new status, it has upgraded its infrastructure to ensure a more resilient operation in the function of connecting other foreign IXPs and ISPs.