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Meta, Google, Microsoft, Others Join Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria To Route Traffic Locally

Meta, Google, Microsoft, Others Join Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria To Route Traffic Locally

Meta, Google, Microsoft, Others Join Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria To Route Traffic Locally

Meta, Google, Microsoft, Others Join Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria To Route Traffic Locally

Now, major content distribution companies like Meta, Microsoft, and Google are sending their local traffic through the Nigerian Internet Exchange Point (IXPN).

The IXPN now has over 100 members, among them Internet service providers, mobile network operators, financial institutions, academic institutions, and other organizations focused on IP.

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An Internet exchange point is a physical access point where content delivery networks (CDNs) and Internet service providers (ISPs) can connect to exchange traffic. To keep internet traffic local, the IXPN makes sure that internet traffic exchanged within Nigeria stays within Nigeria.

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Google, Microsoft, Others Join Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria

The Benefits 

  • Internet communication is accelerated via an IXP. Without an IXP in Nigeria, for example, an email sent from Lagos to a recipient who is also in Lagos can pass through completely other nations, or even continents, before it reaches their inbox. This occurs when the infrastructure is lacking for the email to travel via the shortest path.
  • IXPs help to create shorter, more direct routes for Internet traffic. They provide a more affordable alternative to sending local Internet traffic abroad, only to have to return that traffic via an international link, which can be an expensive business.
  • Connecting to local IXP results in significant cost savings for the connected networks, as well as reduced latency, increased security, and increased redundancy.

What they are saying

  • Speaking on the 100 members milestone, the Chief Executive Officer of IXPN, Mr. Muhammed Rudman said: “All Mobile Network Operators, major network operators in Nigeria, as well as some of the largest Content Networks such as Facebook (Meta), Google, and Microsoft, are now among the networks peering at the exchange point, which was designated as a West African regional exchange point by the African Union a few years ago.
  • “Reaching the 100-member mark demonstrates the IXPN’s broader reach and excellent service delivery. The IXPN has multiple locations across Nigeria, making its services easily accessible thereby allowing local service providers to save costs through peering. In fact, we have recently seen an increase in connections from even international networks, indicating our commitment to providing excellent services with high availability,” he added.

With a single connection to any of the nine (9) IXPN sites across Nigeria, the 100 members currently connected to IXPN have direct access to each other. Five of the sites are in Lagos, with one each in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu, and Kano. The Lagos POPs are all interconnected via high-capacity links and connect to the POPs in the other four cities in an effort to extend connectivity to the unserved and underserved regions in the country.

 


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