AFR-IX Telecom Joins LINX Nairobi interconnection hub

AFR-IX Telecom Joins LINX Nairobi interconnection hub

The London Internet Exchange (LINX), described as the UK’s leading peering community, has announced that pan-African network provider AFR-IX Telecom is the latest member network to join its new interconnection hub in Kenya – LINX Nairobi.

LINX Nairobi is a new, interconnected, multi-site interconnection hub in Kenya, providing what are described as future-proof peering services and more for local and global networks.

AFR-IX Telecom is a long-term member of LINX in London. Thus, says LINX, as the largest pan-African network provider, it was clear that its arrival at the newest internet exchange point (IXP) in Kenya was going to be imminent.

As we noted at the time, the interconnection hub went live in November 2023 and is LINX’s first footprint in Africa, marking what is described as a significant milestone in the growth predicted for connectivity demands in the region.

The AFR-IX Telecom network aims to deliver optimum data services for both the corporate and wholesale markets to, from, and within Africa. It strives to maintain a high level of services, not only based on its wide footprint but to also bring substantial resilience over the latest subsea systems coming online, together and alongside its 12 licenced subsidiaries on the continent.

Louis Carver, CCO from AFR-IX Telecom, points out that multiple subsea fibre systems land in Kenya and says: “This brings a plethora of opportunities to strengthen our presence and provide interactions with the growing local peering community. LINX is part of our peering network and we are confident that the interconnection with the hub in Kenya will bring great benefits”.

LINX Nairobi is accessible for networks located at three of Nairobi’s data centres: IXAfrica, iColo and Africa Data Centres.

Networks connected into the IXP from any of these locations have the ability to peer with each other; there is no need to be in the same data centre and no need for additional cross connects.

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