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New platform to enhance regional connectivity

18 September 2013, 18:37

Nairobi - The Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), in collaboration with the Kenya Internet Exchange Point (KIXP), announced plans to build a peering platform in Kenya.

The initiative aims to enhance the expansion and development of Internet interconnection within East Africa.

The exchange platform, dubbed AMS-IX East Africa Exchange Point, would allow networks within the continent easy access to several other networks using a single peering hub.

This pan-African ICT enabler will also provide connectivity to Amsterdam from the exchange. Therefore, Internet companies in East Africa and the continent at large will be able to peer with more than 600 IP networks at the Internet Exchange Point in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The East Africa Exchange Point is set to start operating by mid-November 2013, and AMS-IX has told parties to begin ordering a connection.

SEACOM will meanwhile be the first reseller of AMS-IX East Africa Exchange platform.

AMS-IX’s Chief Executive, Job Witteman, said the initiative builds on the proven design and success of AMS-IX in Europe.                 

“East Africa is an important emerging market, led by Kenya, especially from an ICT point of view. Interconnection is becoming more and more essential to enable the region’s developing business activity. Together with KIXP, we aim to contribute by helping to improve the African Internet ecosystem,” he said.

– CAJ News



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