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11 August 2017
| Natalie Bannerman
France-IX confirms that Djibouti Telecom has signed an agreement to peer its IP traffic through the leading French internet exchange’s Paris and Marseille IXPs.
Through a direct traffic exchange with other networks and
on-demand content providers via a 10Gbps port at each IXP,
Djibouti Telecom, the government-run telecommunications
incumbent in the Djibouti Republic, reduces latency on its IP
network and increases performance for its customers. As a
result, Djibouti Telecom customers will receive stable access
to a large amount of French-language content and improved
quality of service.
Speaking on the deal, Mohamed Assoweh Bouh, CEO at Djibouti
Telecom, said: "In recent years, Djibouti Telecom has been able
to actively benefit from its advantageous geographic location,
the stability of the country and its modern infrastructure.
Marseille, where Djibouti Telecom benefits from the landing of
recent subsea cables Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) and South
East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5), in
addition to its existing capacity on Europe-India-Gateway (EIG)
and Seacom, is a natural destination for us and we are
delighted to be also peering in Paris, with all the advantages
that it will bring in terms of access to content and IP
transit. This agreement will not only benefit our final
customers but also a number of African service providers,
network providers and carriers based in Ethiopia, Somalia,
Yemen, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles that use Djibouti
Telecom as a hub."
The France-IX internet exchange platform interconnects
several hundred telecommunications operators, service providers
and content delivery networks. Peering improves the
accessibility and latency of internet traffic exchanged between
those members, in addition, it allows members to exchange value
For some destinations, the connection to France-IX can
significantly shorten data travel distance and improve response
times, providing an alternative route for Djibouti Telecom's IP
transit services customers, allowing them to optimise their
For the existing France-IX peering community, particularly
the IaaS, PaaS and cloud services providers, this new
connection gives them access to additional customers and allows
them to offer their services.
"This agreement is a major step for Djibouti Telecom, which
is well positioned to support East-Africa’s
digital transformation. France-IX has a growing African
membership in both Paris and Marseille and Djibouti Telecom has
become the first member with its head-quarters in the African
continent to connect in both cities at the same time," said
Simon Muyal, chief technical officer at France-IX.
Mohamed Assoweh Bouh,