African Union rolls out Internet exchange point in Swaziland

Fibreoptics Mato RachelaThe African Union Commission (AUC) has partnered with the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology of the Kingdom of Swaziland and Internet Society (ISOC) to offer faster, more secure and affordable Internet in Africa, according to Tankou Azza Esther, AUC editorial officer

The Commission has set-up an Internet exchange point in Swaziland to keep local internet traffic within local infrastructure, it said.   

“The Internet Exchange Point in Swaziland will contribute to bringing efficiency in the routing of intra-country internet traffic and hence faster and more secure exchange of intra-country internet traffic,” Esther said.

The AUC has expanded capacity building support to assist in the establishment of internet exchange points in 24 member states including Swaziland, it revealed.

“In addition to the capacity building support, the AU has so far donated equipment and services to set up and launch the Internet Exchange Points in Namibia, Burundi and Swaziland," the AUC stated. 

“The total cost of the support extended to realize each internet exchange point is US$63,000. The Kingdom of Swaziland is the third Member State to launch the Internet Exchange Point with the support of the African Internet Exchange System Project of the AU,” it added.

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