“Internet Exchange Points (IXP) are critical to improving internet access and lowering connectivity costs in the continent,” the report states.
Nigeria has the third most developed Internet ecosystem in Africa, a new report has shown.
The report by Internet society, a global nonprofit organisation promoting the development and use of the Internet, said Nigeria ranks just below South Africa and Kenya.
“These countries have the most interconnected networks and have succeeded in exchanging 70-80% of their traffic locally,” Internet society said.
The organisation in its report titled “Moving towards an interconnected Africa: the 80/20 Initiative,” examines the Internet ecosystem in Africa stressing that “Internet Exchange Points (IXP) are critical to improving internet access and lowering connectivity costs in the continent.”
It added that there is an urgent need to increase internet access across the continent especially in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
“An IXP is technical infrastructure where multiple networks, including Internet service providers, mobile operators, enterprise networks, research and education networks, e-Government services, and content delivery networks (CDNs) come together to connect and exchange Internet traffic,” the report read.