The Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) has increased peak Internet traffic on its infrastructure from 300Gbps in 2022 to 500 Gbps in 2023, with an ambitious move to grow the traffic to 1 terabyte by the end of next year.
Discussing this bold development in a statement, Mr. Muhammed Rudman the Chief Executive Officer of IXPN attributes the significant achievement to adding several local and global content providers exchanging traffic locally via the exchange point.
The statement further disclosed that IXPN has over 120 connected members, including some of the global content networks such as Google, Meta, Microsoft, Amazon, and Netflix as well as all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Nigeria, Mobile Network Operators, and other network operators in the country.
“We are delighted to report that IXPN has passed the 500 Gbps peak local Internet traffic threshold. This is attributed to the deployment of robust infrastructure in all our locations across the country, with little or no downtime throughout our years of operation.” the statement reads.
A report by the Internet Society (ISOC) about IXPN and Kenyan IXP revealed that in early 2020, the port charge at IXPN was US$0.428 per month per Mbps (for a 1 Gbps port), while the cost of international IP transit is US$27.45 per Mbps per month (also for 1 Gbps capacity).
The report revealed that accessing traffic or content at IXPN thus costs about US$27 less per Mbps per month than it would be accessing it abroad, and given the amount of traffic exchanged in 2020, this is a savings of over US$40 million per year.
Mr. Rudman declares that these savings have resulted in numerous ISPs expanding their business operations and creating market entry opportunities for new ISPs, resulting in an increase in local total internet traffic.
Stating further, the CEO said that the domestication of Internet traffic in Nigeria implies that accessing local content guarantees traffic does not leave the country through international upstream providers. This will help the country save Forex, especially in the wake of the recent FX crisis, which has put a strain on most businesses.
“We believe that hosting content locally is the way to go as it is the only way to grow capacity and technical competence within Nigeria thereby creating more jobs for the populace,” Mr. Rudman added.
Presently, IXPN boasts of having numerous locations across Nigeria, making its services easily accessible, thus enabling local service providers to save costs through peering.
This development has sparked discussions among industry watchers and analysts as they believe that IXPN is committed to providing excellent services with high availability.
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