France-IX backs the development of African IXPs

Cable EthernetThe AXIS project to be rolled out in Africa, aims to improve the quality of internet services across the continent. (Image source: Olivander) The African Internet Exchange System (AXIS), a joint venture by the African Union and Internet Society, will attempt to improve online infrastructure in 33 countries across Africa by building Intenet Exchange Points (IXPs) within their borders

The initiative, which is expected to improve the quality of internet services and lower costs in the continent, evolved as a result of the Addis Ababa declaration on the information and communication technologies in Africa, according to French internet exchange point France-IX.

It has been funded by the Euro-Africa Infrastructure Fund and the Government of Luxembourg, with its aim to enable international connectivity through submarine cables connecting Europe and Asia, stated France-IX Africa.

According to France-IX Africa, internet access in Africa would improve and cost savings would be accumulated by keeping local traffic inside Africa and by developing new services.

The company is the latest generation IXP based in France, which provides unicast and and multicast IPv4-IPv6 public peering, private peering, routes servers and a reseller programeme through different connection ports.

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