AMS-IX expands services into Africa with a new regional Internet Exchange hub
SEACOM, a pan-African ICT enabler, will be the first reseller of the AMS-IX East Africa Exchange Point in Mombasa, Kenya, which is planned to go live mid-November. This new exchange is an initiative of AMS-IX in conjunction with the Telecommunications Service Providers Association of Kenya (TESPOK) and will further enhance connectivity within the East African region.
Earlier, SEACOM already had expanded its European connectivity to Amsterdam and joined the AMS-IX reselling program. Being part of the program gives SEACOM the opportunity to make connectivity to the AMS-IX platform more easily available to African Internet networks and thus greatly enhancing peering and IP interconnection between African and European networks.
“To have a good interconnection and Internet performance in the region, the setup of an Internet exchange hub is essential. With our experience and knowledge we can make a valuable contribution.” explains Job Witteman, CEO of AMS-IX. “At the same time, we want to keep AMS-IX relevant for our members and customers. SEACOM has the services and connectivity to bring new unique networks from the African continent to Amsterdam, making it an important partner for AMS-IX.
Mark Simpson, CEO of SEACOM says: “SEACOM is proud to support this initiative because we see peering between African networks and service providers as one of the most vital issues for the telecommunications industry. This new peering platform has the potential to deliver a better Internet experience for all users in the regions that SEACOM touches, Southern and East Africa, Europe, India and Asia, at lower costs all while boosting the country’s Internet economy.”