The Central Bank of Nigeria, Huawei Clouds, and five other organizations have recently joined the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN).
Disclosing in a statement, Mr. Muhammed Rudman, chief executive officer of IXPN, stated, that Orange Telecoms, Proline Technologies, Ciudad Infrastructure Limited, Choice2mobile Technologies Limited, and Nigerian Communication Satellite Limited, as the organizations that recently joined the exchange. Thereby, increasing the numbers of network operators presently interconnected to over 80, with the attendant benefit of getting direct access to multiple Internet networks with a single connection.
He believes that these present additions are a positive response to years of advocacy by IXPN that organizations operating in Nigeria should host their data in-country rather than in foreign countries.
He stressed that when companies host within the country, they stand to benefit from faster access to their content by the end-users, payment in local currency for the hosting service, and ultimately, help grow Nigeria’s digital economy.
“We are delighted to have these seven reputable Network Operators recently join the exchange point.
“This, for us, is a pointer that the call for Internet domestication by IXPN, some stakeholders, and well-meaning Nigerians is being responded to, positively” Rudman said in the statement.
While calling on other similar organizations to do the same, Rudman in his statement, noted that the recent connections have positively impacted the IXPN traffic, which stood at 220 Gbps from 125 Gbps in 2020.
Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) presently covers eight Points of Presence (PoPs) in Nigeria; four in Lagos and one branch each in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu, and Kano.
The Lagos PoPs are all interconnected to each other with high-capacity links and with full redundancy.
To promote even growth for local Internet traffic across the country, the Nigeria Communications Commission provided the connectivity between Lagos and the other four branches in the country.
Also, as part of efforts to improve performance, services, and scalability which is critical in today’s evolving Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry, IXPN last year acquired Switches capable of 25Gbps, 40Gbps, and 100Gbps ports capacity for its entire network in Lagos.
The essence of upgrading the switches is to help the company address the current and anticipated needs, of its growing customer base.