‹ Back
Growing the Internet 2 September 2015

Interconnection and Traffic Exchange (ITE) Program Brochure

Internet Interconnection challenges in Africa?

Available data shows that Africa imports more than 99% of the Internet content consumed creating an Internet Transit Deficit – where significantly less traffic is generated locally than accessed internationally. Further, despite phenomenal growth of national and regional infrastructure, most of the cross-border Internet traffic exchange is done in Europe and North America. This is a clear indication that the legacy Internet business strategies and policies are still predominant, despite these terrestrial and submarine fiber infrastructure developments in the region.

Vision of ISOC’s Interconnection and Traffic Exchange (ITE) program

An Africa that’s not just an “Internet Consumer” but an “Internet Creator,” on par with the rest of the world. Thereby attaining a 80% local and 20% international traffic balance by 2020.

View this brochure to learn more about:

  • ISOC’s ITE work in Africa, including AfPIF and human capacity building
  • The African Internet Exchange System (AXIS) project

You can also view our Development page to learn more about our work around the world.

‹ Back

Related articles

Explainer: What Is Eighty For Africa?
Growing the Internet23 June 2020

Explainer: What Is Eighty For Africa?

Like buying your food locally, and reducing how much you fly, getting your digital content locally also reduces the strain...

Policy Brief: Internet Interconnection
Public Policy30 October 2015

Policy Brief: Internet Interconnection

The success of the Internet depends on reliable, efficient, and cost-effective interconnections among networks. Governments need to create policy and regulatory environments that remove artificial barriers and foster flexibility in interconnecting networks.

Anchoring the African Internet Ecosystem
Growing the Internet24 June 2020

Anchoring the African Internet Ecosystem

Lessons from Kenya and Nigeria’s Internet Exchange Point Growth

Join the conversation with Internet Society members around the world