AMS-IX, one of the largest Internet Exchange operators in the world, and MDXi, an Equinix company, have announced the launch of a new Internet Exchange in Lagos, Nigeria.
The new Internet Exchange, AMS-IX Lagos, is situated in the carrier-neutral data center of MDXi, an Equinix Company.
Under the terms of the partnership, MDXi will serve as the commercial partner of AMS-IX and the regional sales and marketing arm for AMS-IX Lagos.
AMS-IX will run the technical and operational management of the exchange.
AMS-IX Lagos aims to become an important content hub for West Africa, enabling regional and local ISPs, carriers, and Internet Exchanges to aggregate content from large global Content Delivery Networks, hosting companies and application providers.
In the coming months, MDXi, an Equinix Company and AMS-IX will focus on seeking alliances with local telecom operators and IX’s and supporting local ecosystems.
AMS-IX Lagos will launch with over 25 connected networks as AMS-IX and MDXi, an Equinix Company migrate and onboard the existing connected networks of West Africa Internet Exchange (WAF-IX) in the coming month.
Connected networks at WAF-IX include large CDNs and application providers such as Cloudflare, Microsoft and Google.
Peter van Burgel, CEO of AMS-IX said, “We intend to add value to the local carriers and IXs by attracting even more content players to the region and supporting the local connectivity community.
“This is a very exciting project for us as we see it as an important stepping stone for bringing low-latency affordable Internet available for the West-African region.”
Funke Opeke, Director MDXi, an Equinix company states “This partnership enables MDXi to deliver value to the rich ecosystem of network operators, carriers, content providers, cloud services providers, and enterprises that we have present in the data center.
“The AMS-IX partnership will help MDXi consolidate its role as a content hub not just for Nigeria, but for Francophone and English-speaking West and Central Africa.”
AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) is a neutral member-based association that operates multiple interconnection platforms worldwide.
Its leading platform in Amsterdam has been playing a crucial role at the internet’s core for almost 30 years and is one of the world’s largest hubs for internet traffic with over 11 Terabits per second (Tbps) of peak traffic.
Connecting to AMS-IX ensures customers such as internet service providers, telecom companies and cloud providers that their global IP traffic is routed in an efficient, fast, secure, stable and cost-effective way.
This allows them to offer low latency and engaging online experiences for end-users. AMS-IX interconnects more than 1000 IP networks in the world.
AMS-IX also manages the world’s first mobile peering points: the Global Roaming Exchange (GRX), the Mobile Data Exchange (MDX) and the Internetwork Packet Exchange (I-IPX) interconnection points.
MDXi, an Equinix company is West Africa’s leading data centre company, boasting carrier-neutral data centres with a combined capacity of 5 MW across the key markets of Nigeria, Ghana, and Cote d’Ivoire. It provides access to all leading internet exchanges, network providers and ISPs in the West African region.