The London Internet Exchange (LINX) have announced that their interconnection hub in Nairobi, Kenya is now live and ready for business.
LINX Nairobi is the new Internet Exchange Point (IXP) for East Africa, located out of three data centre locations across Kenya’s capital. The IXP has the vision to further enhance the countries connectivity and digital ecosystem.
Kenya is considered one of the leading technology powerhouses of Africa, undergoing a digital revolution since the early 2000’s the country has reported an average of 10.8 per cent 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.
Commenting on the Nairobi launch, Nurani Nimpuno, Head of Global Engagement for LINX said:
“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.”
She added: “At LINX we depend on our data centre partners, fibre providers, ISPs and content providers, customers, and other partners, and we come together to enable each other. But it is when we work together and complement each other’s strengths that we become successful.”
LINX have been working with key stakeholders on the ground in Kenya leading up to the launch of LINX Nairobi.
The Nairobi interconnection hub is a multi-site, interconnected platform accessible from IXAfrica but also from Africa Data Centres NBO1 and iColo NBO1 facilities.