Africa is currently paying overseas carriers to exchange “local” (continental) traffic. This is both a costly as well as an inefficient way of handling intra-country exchange of Internet traffic. It is therefore in the interests of all countries in Africa to find ways of optimizing internet traffic, to support intra-continental traffic flows and save costs and reduce latency.
The Program on Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) has highlighted the importance of establishment of Internet Exchange Points in its priority action plan. The African Internet Exchange System is an implementing project of PIDA.
The African Internet Exchange System Project aims to keep Africa’s internet traffic local by providing capacity building, policy & regulatory support and technical assistance to facilitate the establishment of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), Regional Internet Exchange Points (RIXPs) and Regional Internet Carriers (RICs) in Africa.
Establishment of Internet Exchange Points contributes to the following;
In summary, Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) have direct benefits such as reduced latency, low cost and good bandwidth as a result of avoiding the data to route through upstream internet providers.
AXIS Project is co-financed by the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund and Government of Luxembourg. African Union Commission signed an agreement with Luxemburg Development Agency to support implementation of the project.