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28 February 2017
| Jason Mcgee-Abe
MainOne and the operator-neutral Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) have partnered to expand the peering of internet transit traffic within Nigeria.
The partnership seeks to take advantage of the numerous networks and content providers already connected to MainOne to grow traffic in the Nigerian Internet Exchange (IX). With its open access submarine cable system, Tier III data centre and IP transit network already connected to the Lagos, Accra, London and Amsterdam IXs, MainOne will bring to the IXPN the capacity to connect directly with the greatest number of IP transit and content delivery networks (CDNs) in West Africa.
Speaking during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), chief executive officer of the IXPN, Muhammed Rudman highlighted efforts of the exchange to deepen local content via partnerships focused on the creation and hosting of content in-country. “Our partnership with MainOne provides our members direct and more cost-effective interconnection with their partners, leveraging hosting in MainOne’s Tier III data centre, and access via its open-access submarine cable. This will enhance local internet performance, lower costs and minimise traffic bottlenecks for internet traffic in Nigeria.”
MainOne owns and operates MDXi, the premier Tier III certified data centre in West Africa and the open-access 4.96Tbps MainOne submarine cable system. The company serves telecom operators, internet service providers, and major enterprises including banks, blue chip companies and government agencies.
IXPN allows several internet service providers (ISPs) and network operators to exchange traffic between their networks at no costs by means of mutual peering agreements. The IXPN is committed not only to the development of a national internet infrastructure, but increasingly, an infrastructure that will span the entire African continent, Europe, America, Asia and the entire world.
MainOne’s chief executive officer, Funke Opeke reiterated the company’s vision for improved connectivity across West Africa, and added: “MainOne is committed to the penetration of high quality and affordable broadband internet services in West Africa, and bringing the IXPN closer to our network plays an important role in helping us realise that vision not only for Nigeria, but for all of West Africa. Hosting the IXPN in our data centre will continue to impact positively on the digital transformation of Nigeria and the overall growth of the Nigerian economy by enabling Internet traffic originating and terminating on any network in Nigeria to remain in-country.”