DE-CIX is moving to take on another continent, a significant milestone in its ongoing global expansion. The IX specialist has lined up partners in Nigeria, Libya, and the Democratic Republic of Congo to establish a new platform in each country’s capital city.
In the DRC, they are working with the ISP and hosting provider UNITED S.A. to create the Africa Congo Internet Exchange (ACIX). In Libya they are working with the Libyan International Telephone Company to establish an IX in Tripoli. And in Nigeria the Africa Cloud Interconnection Exchange will be hosted at the Rack Centre data center in Lagos.
These three IXs are expected to be up and running by the end of this year, but that’s apparently just stage 1. Each of those partners will expand their coverage into six more markets as well, targeting Cameroon, the other Congo, the Central African Republic, Chad, Niger, and Sudan.
DE-CIX itself plans to open more locations around Africa by offering its DECIX-as-a-Service platform to other interested parties. Far too much traffic that could stay within African markets still does not necessarily do so, and more IX infrastructure will help continue to modernize the available options just as much as the many new subsea cables being built will.
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