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AfPIF3 #17 - Attracting Global Content via Regional IXPs

AfPIF3 #17 Panel: Attracting Global Content via Regional IXPs - at the 3rd African Peering and Interconnection Forum, Hilton Sandton Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa on 22-24 August 2012 Speakers: Michael Kende, Analysys Mason (Moderator) Kurtis ...
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Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria Collaborates with Nigeria ICT Forum to Reduce Bandwidth Cost

Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria Collaborates with Nigeria ICT Forum to Reduce Bandwidth Cost | Internet exchange point of Nigeria | Scoop.it

The Nigerian ICT Forum of Partnership Institutions is collaborating with theInternet eXchange Point of Nigeria towards enabling inter-network connections between Higher Education Institutions in Nigeria and reducing their present cost of internet bandwidth

This collaboration, consummated on April 20, this year through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), also seeks to establish the Research and Education Network (REN) clusters.

The managing director of the IXPN, Mr. Muhammed Rudman, who made these disclosures, noted that REN would serve as a vehicle for the interconnection of all the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) via ICT in order to promote content development and sharing amongst the member institutions.

The Convenor, Nigeria ICT Forum, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim said that this is in line with the  Forum’s mission which focuses on developing internal capacity for HEIs and cultivating a favourable policy environment that aids development.

Additionally, Nigerian ICT Forum, he said, seeks to utilize, sustain and advance  ICT networks, services and shared resources that are owned by theHEIs themselves

This, he said, includes aggregation of their bandwidth, thus driving the formation of a National Research and Education Network (NREN) to the letter.

Equally, Mr. Rudman, said the MOU vested IXPN with the responsibility of providing a national core infrastructure that facilitates internet operations in Nigeria, as well as localizing traffic and reducing local routing cost.

He outlined some of the advantages of the collaboration to include the formation of clusters within the next two years in at least six geo-political zones in the country; promote content development in Nigerian Higher Education Institutions; provide lower cost of bandwidth for Higher Education Institutions; conduct training and campaign awareness on the need for  Research and Education Network (RENs); and mobilize support and resources towards achieving the above goals.

Mr. Rudman explained that some of the benefits of the collaboration is to synergise our efforts towards building sustainable clusters of RENs across the country

“The collaboration will go a long way in promoting content development and sharing, thus accelerating the development of the educational sector as well as boosting the economy at large,” he asserted

Interestingly both organizations are supporting Education Network Conference 2012

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Assessment of the impact of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) – empirical study of Kenya and Nigeria | Internet Society

Assessment of the impact of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) – empirical study of Kenya and Nigeria | Internet Society | Internet exchange point of Nigeria | Scoop.it

Executive summary
April 2012
Ref: 20945-144
As the Internet increasingly globalizes, the interconnection between networks, content providers and users is more and more critical to creating the ‘network of networks’ that is the Internet. At the center of this globalization are Internet exchange points (IXPs), facilities where all Internet players can interconnect directly to each other, thereby improving quality of service and reducing transmission costs. IXPs have already played a key role in the development of an advanced Internet ecosystem across North America, Europe and Asia. This paper details the impact that such IXPs have had in two emerging markets in sub-Saharan Africa: Kenya and Nigeria. The benefits for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) alone includes savings on international capacity costs, along with an improved quality of service resulting in additional revenues, with a total value worth millions of dollars per year.

 

IXPs typically follow a gradual evolution path, building on the growing number and diversity of their members over time. Early in the Internet development cycle in most countries, Internet Service Providers often find it cost-effective to use their international Internet connections to exchange domestic traffic, a process often known as ‘tromboning.’ Tromboning is the result of unilateral action, with each ISP independently concluding that it is more cost-effective to use its international connections for domestic traffic exchange than to connect to every other ISP separately. However, the use of international capacity for domestic traffic is expensive, and this tromboning can be eliminated, with corresponding cost savings, if ISPs adopt a co-operative approach to create a local IXP where domestic traffic can be exchanged.

 

 

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