17 March 2016: AFRINIC CEO Alan Barrett today welcomes the launch of a new Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Madagascar.
Mr. Barrett is attending Network Information Center Madagascar's (NIC-MG) "Journée de l'lnternet" ('Day of the Internet') to celebrate the launch of the IXP. The IXP, located in the Madagascan capital of Antananarivo, has been supported by the Internet Society and the African Union's AXIS project.
"This is another step forward for the African Internet," said Mr. Barrett. "The increase in the number of IXPs throughout our region is imperative to support an open, stable, and resilient Internet in Africa. Not only do IXPs help to decrease latency by keeping Africa's Internet traffic local to the region, they also help to reduce connectivity costs, which opens up access to many more people. This in turn helps to improve local content offerings and boosts both existing and new businesses, contributing to economic growth.”
AFRINIC also plays a leading role in capacity building and provides education, training to promote IPv6 deployment and support for infrastructure development throughout Africa and the Indian Ocean. A large part of these capacity building efforts involves collaborating with organisations - including the Internet Society, the African Union and local network operators - to support the set-up and deployment of IXPs throughout Africa and the Indian Ocean region. Find out more about our Capacity Building activities.