Asteroid to operate second Kenyan IXP via iColo Nairobi

Asteroid to operate second Kenyan IXP via iColo Nairobi

06 July 2021 | Alan Burkitt-Gray

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Asteroid International has expanded its Kenyan internet exchange service from Mombasa to Nairobi.

The company, which set up the Mombasa IXP in January 2020, is putting its Nairobi point of presence at iColo’s facilities in the Kenyan capital.

Asteroid CEO Remco van Mook (pictured) said: “iColo is currently the only carrier-neutral facility provider present in both Mombasa and Nairobi. We’re pleased to reinforce our collaboration by launching our new IXP in their data centre in Nairobi, which will add up to the diversity of peers spanning from service providers to financial services institutions to enterprises.”

iColo Nairobi, launched four years ago, houses a total capacity of 280 racks with 825kW of IT power.

Any NBO1 tenant owning its own autonomous system number (ASN) will be able to exchange traffic via the Asteroid Nairobi IXP by requesting and using 1Gbps, 10Gbps or 100Gbps ports, said Asteroid.

Ranjith Cherickel, CEO of iColo, said: “We have seen first-hand the positive impact that the Asteroid IXP has made in consolidating a community and building local traffic in Mombasa and we look forward to the same effects in Nairobi.”

iColo, part of Digital Realty, designs, builds and operates state-of-the-art carrier-neutral data centres to serve a broad spectrum of clients, including telecoms carriers, ISPs and peering points, IT and cloud providers, content providers, enterprise and financial services customers

Four months ago AFR-IX Telecom said it had expanded its peering network to Asteroid’s Mombasa IXP. That was AFR-IX’s fourth IXP in Africa, adding to Lagos, Nigeria; Cape Town, South Africa and Djibouti.