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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.

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