[Kenya] Asteroid International launches Internet exchange point hub in Mombasa
31-01-2020 11:06:00 | by: Bob Koigi | hits: 2508 | Tags:

The global interconnection platform innovator Asteroid International has launched its modern, efficient, and highly automated Internet Exchange Point (IXP) solution in Mombasa, Kenya.

 The exchange point already has big tech giants such Facebook and Google, as well as several local Kenyan and African networks. Located in the modern, hyper connected, carrier neutral icolo facilities in Mombasa, the Asteroid IXP will enable much improved Internet interconnection in East Africa and support the region’s strong digital growth.

An Internet Exchange point allows many different Internet players to come together and exchange Internet traffic locally and efficiently, through so-called “peering”.

Having content and services close to the local Internet user is key to getting good response times and low latency, but it also makes those services and content more reliable, and less vulnerable to external disruptions.

“We are very proud to deploy an exchange point in Kenya”, says Asteroid CEO Remco van Mook. “Mombasa is the perfect place to interconnect the whole region, and the carrier-neutral icolo facilities are world class. There is a tremendous need for modern, well-run, cost effective IXPs in Africa. The Asteroid IXP will not only provide modern interconnection, it will contribute to improved Internet accessibility, lower costs and better Internet performance for Internet users in region.”

The icolo data centre is located in Mombasa, on the East Coast of Kenya, where all major Internet submarine cables come into the region, which makes it an exceptionally suitable place for an Internet exchange point hub.

 The location is already attracting many local, regional, and international players, and the addition of the Asteroid IXP is setting Mombasa up to become the largest regional Internet hub in East Africa.

In Africa, it is not uncommon to see Internet traffic destined from one local ISP to another, leave the continent through expensive international links, before returning to reach the other local party. This often results in delays and high costs for all parties. An Internet exchange point, allows Internet players to exchange that traffic locally, without the need for third parties or expensive international links.

“We are very excited to partner with Asteroid”, says icolo CEO Ranjith Cherickel. “Asteroid bring considerable experience from the interconnection space. Their ultramodern IXP solution at the icolo data centre, will not only help significantly improve the performance between ISPs in the region, it will also attract new players to the country and boost the interconnection growth more broadly.”

The Asteroid IXP platform is built on state-of-the-art technology, lightweight, scalable architecture, and advanced toolsets. Designed with automation at the core, the Asteroid solution provides security from day one, a modern feature set and has proven to be the most efficient and cost effective solution on the market.