Nigeria, Ghana move to localize internet content

Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) has
provided link with Ghana Internet Exchange
Point thereby making it the first of such
interconnection in the sub-region, Nigeria
CommunicationsWeek has learnt.

An Internet exchange point (IXP) is a physical
infrastructure that allows several Internet
Service Providers (ISPs) and network
operators to exchange traffic between their
networks, generally referred to as autonomous
systems, by means of mutual peering
agreements, which allow traffic to be
exchanged at no cost

Reacting to this feat achieved by IXPN,
Mohammed Rudman, managing director, IXPN,
told Nigeria CommunicationsWeek that the
link between Nigeria Internet exchange point
and Ghana Internet exchange point was
achieved last week and that with the
interconnection of the two exchanges, internet
traffic among the two countries will now be
exchange locally without it having to go to
Europe and come back.

“The linking of Nigeria Internet Exchange with
Ghana’s Internet Exchange will save the two
countries foreign exchange and cost as internet
traffic between internet service providers in
the two countries will be exchanged within the
region as against the previous situation when
such traffic will have to go to Europe before
coming back to the region.

“This was achieved as a result of a well-
articulated growth strategy and vision to be the
leading IXP in Africa and a one stop company to
service and content providers across Nigeria
and beyond,” he said.
Nigeria CommunicationsWeek investigations
revealed that the submarine fibre linking the
two exchange points is ACE fibre provided by
Dolfin Telecomms.

It was also gathered that Medallion Data centre
is hosting the server designated for the link on
Nigeria side while National Information
Technology Agency of Ghana Data centre is
hosting the country’s side of the server.
Ike Nnamani, chief executive officer,
Medallion, said that linking the two exchange
points is the first of its kind in the region and a
good initiative aimed at reducing latency
between the two countries as well keep African
content local.
“We expect in near future for other internet
exchange points in the sub-region to be linked
so that we can keep the regional traffic within
the region without it having to travel to
Europe before coming to its destination in the
region. Such interconnection will help our
educational institutions in sharing of
information as most of them are connected to
their countries internet exchange point,” he

Organizations that connect their networks to
an IXP benefits from reduced reliance on
expensive international transit for exchanging
local traffic between themselves, and improved
efficiency of their operations and
communications. Not only will this reduce
transport costs and network latency, but will
also ensure faster access to local content
because local traffic is exchanged locally,
rather than through one or more third party
networks including international links. This
exchange of traffic between networks at an IXP
is known as ‘peering’. 

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