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When France IX participated in the Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) last year, they were convinced that this is one of the useful events to meet African Internet players and in particular the network and peering managers, this year, France IX is a sponsor.

France-IX has built a footprint of points of presence in Paris and Marseille and delivers its peering services in these two cities in France. They have decided to extend the IXP in Marseille because it is a gateway from West and South Africa to Europe. 

“At the moment, North African operators host part of their network equipment in Marseille but they do not peer there; France IX wants to make them consider Marseille as a city worth peering,” said Frank Simon, France IX MD.

To attract more operators, France IX has concentrated its efforts to gathering content delivery networks. Google and SmartJog already own a port in Marseille while Amazon is about to join. 

To encourage peering in Marseille, France IX is recruiting resellers to enable the IX grow the global content passing through Marseille or Paris. France IX has also suspended the recurring costs in Marseille until the resellers reach a critical mass of 12 connected parties and an overall traffic of 10Gbps. 

On training, France IX has opened its doors to training African IXPs under the AXIS project and has already given two training sessions in Guinea – on IXP business model, and technical training on switching and routing.

In addition to trainings, France-IX plans to donate equipment for the IXPs to begin operations.

During the last African Internet Summit in Lusaka, Zambia, France-IX made a presentation on‘Challenges of setting up an IXP’ which is now part of the AXIS training programme.

Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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