LINX collaborates with Internet Exchange Point, NAPAfrica

LINX and NAPAfrica are collaborating, allowing networks currently connected and peering at NAPAfrica or LINX to access either of the exchanges

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) has announced a strategic collaboration with African Internet Exchange Point, NAPAfrica.

The partnership will mean networks currently connected and peering at NAPAfrica or LINX can access either of the exchanges via trusted and mutually available carriers.

Michele McCann, Head of Interconnection and Peering at Teraco, says: “Our founding goal at NAPAfrica is to help make internet access more pervasive for the African continent; we are excited to be collaborating with LINX to provide clients with a more direct and improved internet experience to any LINX location. The immediate benefit to carriers, cloud providers and content delivery networks, connected or peering at either NAPAfrica or LINX in London, is a more streamlined end-user experience…”

“Our relationship with LINX is the first of what we anticipate will be many similar collaborative partnerships with internet exchanges seeking to provide a world-class internet experience for all users across the African continent.”

Providing better connected services

For over 25 years LINX has been providing interconnection services for networks, and has more than 850 networks connected to their London platforms alone. The partnership with NAPAfrica will make reaching London and peering at LINX more of a reality for African networks.

Peering has been the telecommunications community’s primary data transfer method for years. By peering, networks benefit from low latency, a more direct and controlled route for their data. A single connection into an Internet Exchange Point (IXP) can mean multiple peering opportunities with global networks. 

“We have always worked closely with our friends at NAPAfrica, sharing technical knowledge and insights. Announcing a more strategic partnership will open doors and optimal routes to Europe for the African networks who may not have been able to reach us before,” said Nurani Nimpuno, Head of Global Engagement for LINX. 

LINX has also recently launched a new interconnection hub in Kenya called LINX Nairobi, through a partnership with Nairobi-based data centre provider IXAfrica Data Centre.

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