Asteroid and PAIX Data Centres partner on IXPs in Africa

Asteroid and PAIX Data Centres partner on IXPs in Africa

19 October 2021 | Natalie Bannerman

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Global IXP provider, Asteroid confirms the deployment of its Internet exchange point (IXP) within the PAIX cloud-and-carrier neutral data centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

Based at Britam Tower in Upper Hill, the centre of Nairobi’s financial district, the IXP is well positioned to help local enterprises, content providers, banks and other financial institutions to connect and peer, which improves resiliency and save costs on international bandwidth.

“PAIX is committed to build performing connectivity and cloud hubs across the African continent," said Wouter van Hulten (pictured), CEO of PAIX Data Centres.

"We are therefore thrilled to welcome Asteroid, a reliable partner with a proven track record in enhancing interconnection options on both a local and global scale. We firmly believe that their deployment will help our customers run and deliver their services in the best way.”

With the addition of the newly launched PAIX facility, Asteroid has now deployed a 3-site distributed IXP in Nairobi – following on from its facilities in Lagos and Mombasa. This network of sites enables networks that own an Autonomous System Number (ASN) to exchange their own Internet routes directly in country, bypassing costly international links.

As a result, the IXP users lower their overall infrastructure costs and improve the quality of service for their end users, especially in delivering and consuming content.

"When we set out to create and offer an IXP solution that would be efficient, affordable, and dedicated to improving local interconnection, we envisioned that this would contribute to making content more accessible, especially in markets still highly dependent on international connectivity, which is the case in many African countries," said Remco van Mook, CEO and co-founder at Asteroid.

"We are very happy to work with PAIX as they are bringing world-class colocation facilities which foster the whole ecosystem.”

Networks can connect to the IXP via a single or multiple 1G, 10G and 100G ports, which is paired with a web portal where users can easily provision and manage the connection service.

In addition, global networks already peering at other Asteroid internet exchange points can also request and roll out the service within a day.