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ISOC, IXPN collaborate on enhancing Internet Exchange Points




The Internet Society (ISOC) and Internet eXchange Point in Nigeria (IXPN) recently collaborated on a workshop with focus on enhancing Internet Exchange Points in the country, reports ITRealms.

Disclosing this to ITRealms, the chief executive officer of IXPN, Mr. Muhammed Rudman said the five-day workshop is in line with the Internet Society (ISOC) Internet Exchange, Access, and Infrastructure System Project.

The workshop with the theme “Internet Routing Technologies and IXP interconnection” he said was held between November 16 and 20, 2015 to increase local technical capacity and use of the Internet exchange points (IXPs) in the country.

He also said the workshop is a follow-up to the Internet Society’s access, connectivity and infrastructure work to support the growth of IXPs across Africa. 

ISOC objectives for Africa, he said in a press statement signed by Betel Hailu, are to work with local Internet partners to realize Africa’s potential to deliver locally 80 per cent of the continents Internet content.  

“In partnership with local stakeholders, we support capacity building efforts and extend technical assistance to facilitate IXP development, domestic and cross-border interconnection in Africa. As countries establish and utilize their IXPs, both domestic and cross-border Internet traffic will be routed locally, creating downward pressure on costs, increasing quality of service, and as a result stimulating economic growth and distribution of local Internet content,” Hailu said.

ITRealms gathered that over 24 network engineers from the telecom companies, academics, and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) attended the workshop, designed to teach the technical skills needed to maximize their benefits from domestic and cross-border interconnections at IXPs. 

Equally, it is expected that participants will increase requisite local technical expertise to support interconnections at the IXP. Hence the workshop incorporated hands-on training for the participants to familiarize themselves with interconnection technologies and techniques that increase the efficiency of network interconnections and traffic exchanged at the IXP.  

+Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) +ITRealms DSA  

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