Djibouti Telecom peers at France-IX Paris and Marseille Internet Exchange

Djibtelcom2Boosts capacity and IP network performance at Djibouti Telecom, improving overall customer experience and continuing digital transformation in Africa 

Djibouti Telecom, the state-ran network operator, has signed a contract with France-IX, the leading Internet Exchange in France, to peer its IP traffic through France-IX’s IXPs in Paris and Marseille. With this agreement, Djibouti Telecom enhances its network performance for its customers by decreasing latency on its IP network. This is possible thanks to a direct traffic exchange with other networks and on-demand content providers via a 10Gbps Port at each IXP. For Djibouti Telecom’s network customers, this will deliver a significant improvement in quality of service with faster and more stable access to a large amount of French-language content.

The France-IX Internet Exchange platform interconnects several hundreds of telecommunications operators, service providers and content delivery networks that have significant traffic in France. This peering activity improves the accessibility and latency of Internet traffic exchanged between its members and thus improves the overall performance of the Internet for all users. In addition, it allows members to exchange value added services on the basis of an optimised network infrastructure.

For Djibouti Telecom's IP transit services customers, the connection to France-IX opens up an alternative route and allows them to optimise their traffic. For some destinations, it can significantly shorten data travel distance and improve response times. For the existing France-IX peering community, this new connection paves the way for additional customers and allows them to offer their services under satisfactory technical conditions. This is particularly the case for IaaS, PaaS and cloud services providers in general, based in Europe, for whom the quality of the connection between their infrastructures and the end users is paramount.

“In recent years, Djibouti Telecom has been able to actively benefit from its advantageous geographic location, the stability of the country and its modern infrastructure. Marseille, where Djibouti Telecom benefits from the landing of recent subsea cables Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) and South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SMW-5), in addition to its existing capacity on Europe-India-Gateway (EIG) and Seacom, is a natural destination for us and we are delighted to be also peering in Paris, with all the advantages that it will bring in terms of access to content and IP transit,” explains Mohamed Assoweh Bouh, Director General of Djibouti Telecom. “This agreement will not only benefit our final customers but also a number of African service providers, network providers and carriers based in Ethiopia, Somalia, Yemen, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles that use Djibouti Telecom as a hub.”

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