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News / March 26, 2024

LINX Welcome AFR-IX Telecom to LINX Nairobi

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The London Internet Exchange (LINX)is thrilled to announce that AFR-IX Telecom has become the newest member of its interconnection hub in Nairobi, Kenya. This move marks a significant development in LINX’s expansion, as LINX Nairobi represents their inaugural footprint in Africa.

Introducing LINX Nairobi

Launched in November 2023, LINX Nairobi is a state-of-the-art, multi-site interconnection hub designed to meet the growing connectivity demands of both local and global networks. As a pivotal Internet Exchange Point (IXP), it offers future-proof peering services and enhanced connectivity options.

AFR-IX Telecom’s Expansion

AFR-IX Telecom, a prominent Pan-African network provider and long-time LINX member in London, has now extended its presence to LINX Nairobi. This expansion underscores AFR-IX Telecom’s commitment to delivering superior data services across Africa, leveraging their extensive network and the latest subsea systems. The company’s 12 licensed subsidiaries across the continent further bolster its resilience and service quality.

Louis Carver, CCO from AFR-IX telecom says;

“We continue our quest for peering our AS60171 as we see Nairobi becoming one, if not the major hub of East Africa.

“The fact that multiple subsea fibre systems land in Kenya, this brings a plethora of opportunities to strengthen our presence and provide interactions with the growing local peering community. LINX is part of our peering network and we are confident that the interconnection with the hub in Kenya will bring great benefits”.

Benefits of LINX Nairobi

LINX Nairobi connects with three major data centers in Nairobi: IXAfrica, iColo, and Africa Data Centres. This setup allows networks from these locations to peer seamlessly without needing to be in the same data center or incur additional cross-connect costs.

Jennifer Holmes, CCO at LINX says;

“We are really excited to welcome AFR-IX to LINX Nairobi. Our strategy for growth in Nairobi is to offer additional value and points of peering for our global membership, whist working with local networks and connectivity providers to improve network performance and the digital landscape moving forward as a whole.”

AFR-IX Telecom’s integration into LINX Nairobi is set to bolster connectivity and peering opportunities in Africa, reflecting a significant milestone in the continent’s digital evolution.

Find out more about LINX Nairobi here.

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