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Technical Partnership Provides Catalyst for Internet in Nigeria

20 November 2015

Internet Society collaborates with the IXPN to enhance the use of Internet Exchange Points

[Abuja, Nigeria] The Internet Society, in partnership with the Internet eXchange Point in Nigeria (IXPN), held its “Internet Routing Technologies and IXP interconnection” workshop this week to increase local technical capacity and enhance the use of Internet exchange points (IXPs) in Nigeria. The five-day workshop complements the Internet Society’s access, connectivity and infrastructure work to support the growth of IXPs across Africa.

The Internet Society aims to advance the African Internet infrastructure. Working in partnership with local stakeholders, the Internet Society supports capacity building efforts and extends technical assistance to facilitate IXP development, and domestic and cross-border interconnection in Africa. As countries establish and utilize their IXPs, both domestic and cross-border Internet traffic will be routed locally, creating downward pressure on costs, increasing quality of service, and as a result stimulating economic growth and distribution of local Internet content.

More than 22 network engineers from the telecommunication, academic, infrastructure provider and Internet sectors attended the workshop, designed to teach the technical skills needed to support interconnections and maximize the benefits from domestic and cross-border interconnections at IXPs. The workshop incorporated hands-on training to familiarize participants with interconnection technologies and techniques that increase the efficiency of network interconnections and traffic exchanged at the IXP.  

About the IXPN   
Established in 2006, the Internet eXchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) works towards providing a national core infrastructure that facilitates Internet operations in Nigeria and localizing traffic as well as reducing local Internet routing cost. With its principled vision of becoming the leading IXP in Africa by the year 2015, the IXPN also looks forward to becoming a one-stop company to service and content provider across Nigeria.

About the Internet Society
The Internet Society, www.internetsociety.org is the trusted independent source for Internet information and thought leadership from around the world. It is also the organizational home for the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). With its principled vision and substantial technological foundation, the Internet Society promotes open dialogue on Internet policy, technology, and future development among users, companies, governments, and other organizations. Working with its members and Chapters around the world, the Internet Society enables the continued evolution and growth of the Internet for everyone.

Media contact: Betel Hailu: hailu@isoc.org

Further readings:
About Internet Society Interconnection and Traffic Exchange (ITE) Program
http://www.internetsociety.org/doc/interconnection-and-traffic-exchange-ite-program-brochure

Blog on “Enhancing the use of Internet Exchange Points in Nigeria”
http://www.internetsociety.org/blog/africa-bureau/2015/11/enhancing-use-internet-exchange-points-nigeria

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