THE Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has commissioned the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) aimed at reducing the costs of internet services throughout the country.
An Internet Exchange Point is a physical Network infrastructure that allows several Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and several network operators to exchange traffic between their networks.
The key purpose therefore is to allow networks to interconnect through the exchange.
Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Eugene Juwah , who led other industry leaders to the event said keeping internet traffic local in Nigeria would save the country $20million in the first year alone.
Juwa said the Commission would improve on its funding of the organization to ensure that the objectives of opening an exchange are fully realized.
He said “one of the most cost effective ways of managing internet traffic in any country is to ensure that domestic Internet traffic is kept within the nation.
“This is to avoid the global imbalance in the global telecom connectivity that forces some nations of the world to send local traffic designed for local destinations through international hubs located outside their countries, thereby attracting extra cost and consuming more international bandwidth.
“This means that this facility will save the nation some foreign exchange when fully implemented and we will experience an immediate drop in connectivity costs as well as cost savings of more than $20million (N3billion) in offshore Internet bandwidth payments in the first year of operations,” said Juwah
“At IXPN, we are committed not only to the development of a national Internet infrastructure, but increasingly, an infrastructure that will span the entire African continent, Europe, America, Asia and the entire world,” said Chima Onyekwere, chairman of the IXPN boar.
The Lagos IXPN centre is the first and only one in the country at the moment. Plans are underway to replicate same in the six geopolitical zones of the country.
SIMEON OGOEGBULEM in Abuja, Nigeria