AFR-IX telecom, an Internet service provider operating in more than 50 countries in Africa is expanding its peer-to-peer network with an agreement with Asteroid Internet Exchange Point (IXP) as the activation of the recent IXP in Kenya reinforces connectivity in the Eastern sub-region of the continent.

AFR-IX which delivers data and Internet services for businesses, international carriers and telecom operators and has three others African IXPs in Nigeria, South Africa and Djibouti. The latest IXP in Kenya will facilitate the peering of Kenyan ISPs as well as international networks.

This will reinforce connectivity in the Eastern sub-region of the continent in a location, Mombasa, which is already set to become a major gateway for submarine fiber optic cables and is emerging as one of the main hubs for Internet traffic in East Africa. Asteroid is a global interconnection platform innovator that provides simple, modern and cost-effective ways to peer with large networks around the world.

“Our peering policy places us (AS 60171) at multiple and major internet exchanges in Europe, North America and firmly in Africa. Today, we have added the Asteroid IX in Mombasa to our already growing peering community across the continent.

As part of our extensive resilient and robust African network coverage, we at AFR-IX Telecom, have the capability to provide a global ICT offer, focusing on our very local and regional customers’ requirements,” said Louis Carver, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at AFR-IX telecom.

Asteroid Mombasa IXP presents itself as a valuable partner for East Africa. In just one year of operation, it has connected more than 15 networks of all sizes and origins: Kenyan ISPs, content providers and networks operating in Mauritius and Rwanda. It cannot be overlooked that with IXP connections, end users experience reduced traffic costs and improved routing routes resulting in better network performance.

In Africa, improved connectivity requires a strong peering network such as that provided by AFR-IX telecom and its Pan-African Network, which offers a sort of Internet Exchange Point “triangle” to cover a large part of the African continent: Nigeria (West sub-region) – South Africa (South sub-region) – Djibouti + Kenya (East sub-region), expanded Carver.

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