BrandArena: London Internet Exchange Goes Live in Nairobi

Tuesday 14 November 2023

London Internet Exchange Goes Live in Nairobi

...becomes new Internet Exchange Point for East Africa

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) has announced that their Nairobi, Kenya Interconnection Hub is now officially operational and ready for business.  

LINX Nairobi becomes the new East African Internet Exchange Point (IXP), with three data centre facilities spread around Kenya's capital. The IXP's mission is to improve the country's connectivity and digital ecology.

Kenya is regarded as one of Africa's top technological powerhouses, having seen a digital revolution since the early 2000s and reporting 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 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 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.

1 comment:

  1. This is an exciting development for Nairobi and the broader Kenyan internet community. The launch of the London Internet Exchange (LINX) in Nairobi will undoubtedly enhance the internet infrastructure in the region. LINX is known for its robust and reliable peering services, which facilitate the exchange of internet traffic between networks. By having a LINX node in Nairobi, local internet service providers and content providers will benefit from reduced latency, improved network performance, and increased cost savings. Nice to read.
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