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The London Internet Exchange (LINX) have announced that their interconnection hub in Nairobi, Kenya 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, remarked, “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.

“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.”

The LINX Nairobi interconnection hub is a multi-site, interconnected platform accessible from IXAfrica but also from Africa Data Centres (https://apo-opa.co/3MG0TMs) NBO1 and iColo NBO1 facilities.

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.

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.