Nairobi, Kenya, 13 November 2023 – The London Internet Exchange (LINX) have announced that their interconnection hub in Nairobi is now live and ready for business.
LINX Nairobi is the new Internet Exchange Point (IXP) for East Africa, located out of three data centre locations across Kenya’s capital. The IXP has the vision to further enhance the countries connectivity and digital ecosystem.
Kenya is considered one of the leading technology powerhouses of Africa, undergoing a digital revolution since the early 2000’s the country has reported an average of 10.8% growth per year since 2016.
The country is uniquely positioned to serve all of East Africa with fast-growing fibre connectivity throughout the whole region, with a well-connected submarine cable network providing pathways to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Established in 1994, LINX is a recognised leader in the global interconnection market. Their reputation as a technical leader in the industry and proven success internationally, will provide future proof solutions to further strengthen the rapidly evolving ecosystem in Kenya.
Nurani Nimpuno, Head of Global Engagement for LINX has led on the LINX Nairobi project and is excited to see the IXP go live.
“I feel very proud to have led on this exciting new venture for LINX in Kenya and the welcome we have received from local stakeholders has been very supportive. We can learn a lot from the country’s technical advancements, for example their adoption of M-PESA with Safaricom, taking Kenya strides ahead in the way of digital finance innovation compared to other countries. I strongly believe LINX Nairobi can only compliment and continue to grow the ecosystem in Kenya.”
LINX are true champions of collaboration within the industry and have been working with key stakeholders on the ground in Kenya leading up to the launch of LINX Nairobi. One of key stakeholders is IXAfrica, a brand new, purpose build data centre where LINX Nairobi will be present from.
The state-of-the-art IXAfrica data centre facility is specifically designed to cater for hyperscalers and deliver hyper-cloud services. It is the largest data hub in East Africa, making it the ideal location to serve the growth and demand predicted in the telecoms sector.
Snehar Shah, CEO for IXAfrica says;
“We are proud to be associated with LINX and be on this journey together as LINX Nairobi goes live from its home here at IXAfrica. We believe we are changing the landscape of data centres and connectivity in East Africa and excited to share more about the fantastic benefits and offers for our first customers to join this dynamic ecosystem.”
Networks located in any of these facilities can plug into the LINX Nairobi hub and peer their traffic, creating a secure and redundant digital environment for them to manage their network more effectively.
Peering allows networks to improve the control of their network traffic and the route it takes. It’s often more cost effective than other methods of traffic management and improves network latency.
In addition to the data centre stakeholders in Kenya, LINX are working with a number of high profile, selected technical partners. Nokia were announced as one of these technical partners with the IXP implementing their 7220 IXR D3L and SR Linux Network Operating System (NOS) in order to deliver this future-proof and scalable solution. Smartoptics and Flexoptics were also selected as the right fit to complete the technical set up.
“At LINX we depend on our data centre partners, fibre providers, ISPs and content providers, customers, and other partners, and we come together to enable each other. But it is when we work together and complement each other’s strengths that we become successful.”
With a large government led focus on the future of digital services in Kenya including the Kenya Digital Superhighway Project, set to improve the fibre network coverage as well as ‘smart hubs’ for more rural areas, the timing couldn’t be better for LINX Nairobi.
LINX have been pioneers of peering for nearly 30 years and have changed the Internet and connectivity landscape in the UK. They are fully invested in working for the good of the internet in Kenya as they roll out their peering solutions as well as further interconnection services in the future.
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About IXAfrica Data Centre
IXAfrica is a carrier and cloud-neutral colocation data centre operator in Kenya. IXAfrica provides world-class and highly resilient data centre infrastructure to create a vital part of the internet backbone of East Africa. With a Nairobi Campus One overall design capacity of 22.5MW iXAfrica has the largest datacentre project in the Greater East African region, serving a total population of 300 million people. The campus is situated close to the main fibre optic communications arteries and is in close proximity to major and resilient electrical connections, capable of delivering high-availability and low-carbon power. Over 80% of Kenya’s electricity is generated from renewable/clean energy sources.