France-IX strengthens its presence in Africa

13 November 2018 | Natalie Bannerman

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France-IX, an internet peering service provider, has reached a number of milestones in Africa.

Over the last 12 months, France-IX has increased the number of African networks in Paris and Marseille by 60% while traffic from African ISPs has increased by 90%.

"France-IX both contributes to and benefits from Internet bandwidth growth in Africa: 14% of our Marseille peers are African ISPs and we aim to support the expansion of Internet connectivity across Africa by offering affordable, reliable, low-latency Internet peering services from France," said Delphine Masciopinto, chief commercial officer at France-IX.

Additionally over the last year six new African Networks have connected to France-IX bringing the total number of its African networks to 16. The new networks are Dolphin Telecom in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal; Ecoband in Ghana; Guilab in Guinea; Orange Senegal; Parabole Reunion in Reunion, Maurice, Madagascar, Mayotte and Comores; and Liquid Telecom in Botswana, DRC, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

"Our vision to support initiatives in French-speaking countries has already come to reality in Morocco, Senegal and soon in Congo. We believe in empowering local teams to build a sustainable domestic Internet ecosystem/mobile connectivity that will have a positive impact on the economic and social improvement in their country," added Masciopinto.

AFR-IX, Angola Cables, Telecom Italia Sparkle and BICS enable more than 70% of French speaking countries with access to France-IX via a remote peering solution. France-IX is continuing to support the creation of new IXP’s in Africa, and views it as a key part of building a sustainable domestic internet ecosystem which in turn boosts internet-based economic growth.

The company offers support in the way of training, equipment donation and technical assistance. France-IX’s initiative started with the creation of CASIX in Morocco followed by SENIX Senegal and the regional IXP initiative in Congo has been supported by France-IX throughout 2018.