Meta, Google, Microsoft and others join Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria to route traffic locally

Major content distribution companies including Meta, Microsoft and Google now route their traffic locally through the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN).

This is even when IXPN exceeds 100 members, including Internet service providers, mobile network operators, financial and educational institutions, and other IP-focused organizations.

An Internet Exchange Point is a physical access point to which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) connect for the purpose of exchanging traffic. IXPN ensures that Internet traffic exchanged within Nigeria remains within Nigeria to maintain local Internet traffic.

why does it matter

  • IXP makes online connections faster. For example, without IXP in Nigeria, an email sent from Lagos to a receiver also located in Lagos might travel across completely different countries, or even continents, before it reaches their inbox. This occurs when the infrastructure that allows email to travel using the shortest route is not in place.
  • IXPs help create shorter, more direct paths for Internet traffic. They offer a more affordable alternative to sending your local Internet traffic abroad, only to have to return that traffic via an international link, which can be an expensive business.
  • Connecting to local IXP results in significant cost savings for connected networks, as well as reduced latency, increased security, and increased redundancy.

what are they saying

  • Speaking about the 100 members, IXPN CEO, Mohamed Rodman said:All mobile operators, major network operators in Nigeria, as well as some of the largest content networks such as Facebook (Meta), Google and Microsoft, are now among the networks eyeing the exchange point, which has been classified as the West African regional exchange point of Before the African Union a few years ago.
  • “Reaching the 100 member mark demonstrates IXPN’s wider reach and excellent service delivery. IXPN has multiple locations across Nigeria, which facilitates access to its services, allowing local service providers to save costs through peering. In fact, we have recently seen an increase in connections even of international networks, indicating our commitment to providing excellent services with high availability,” he added.

With a single connection to any of the nine (9) IXPN locations across Nigeria, the one hundred members currently connected to IXPN have direct access to each other. Five of the sites are in Lagos, one each in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu, and Kano. All POPs in Lagos are interconnected via high capacity links and connect to POPs in the other four cities in an effort to extend connectivity to the unserved and underserved areas of the country.

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