Africa Data Centres (ADC) has announced its partnership with the London Internet Exchange (LINX) for the new East African interconnection hub, LINX Nairobi. LINX Nairobi is set to become the region’s first interconnected, multi-site Internet Exchange Point (IXP), offering redundancy and resilience for networks peering there.
This partnership aims to foster growth, enhance connectivity, and expand digital services across new markets in Africa.
LINX Nairobi is set to go live in the coming weeks and is the region’s first interconnected, multi-site Internet Exchange Point (IXP). The technical specification of the platform mirrors LINX’s designs in the UK and the US, offering redundancy and resilience for networks peering there.
Kenya, with its rapidly growing fiber connectivity, is uniquely positioned to serve the entire East Africa region. The well-connected submarine cable network in Kenya offers pathways to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, making it an ideal location for LINX Nairobi.
Networks that connect to LINX Nairobi from any of the data center locations will be able to set up peering arrangements with each other, building a strong digital ecosystem in the area and encouraging traffic to be kept local.
Nurani Nimpuno, Head of Global Engagement for LINX, emphasizes that LINX Nairobi will serve as a hub for Kenya and the entire East Africa region. The goal is to create a strong digital ecosystem, encouraging traffic to stay local while facilitating peering arrangements between networks connected to LINX Nairobi.
Tesh Durvasula, CEO of Africa Data Centres, states that the addition of LINX’s PoP in the NBO1 facility will provide customers with a greater variety of interconnection options. This partnership reflects the company’s growth and momentum, strengthening its ecosystem and enhancing interconnection and peering options.
Durvasula highlights the importance of an effective interconnection strategy for businesses operating hybrid cloud models. The distribution of workloads and the efficient handling of network traffic between data centers, cloud providers, and end-users require reliable and high-speed connectivity. The partnership with LINX ensures businesses in Africa can connect globally while keeping their data within their own borders.