Nigeria gets its first internet exchange

8 May 2007

Nigerian daily This Day reports that the country’s first internet exchange point (IXP) has been established in Lagos, and is to be managed on a not-for-profit basis by an eleven-member board at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Head of the NCC Ernest Ndukwe has told members to regard the assignment as a national service. IXPs are points at which various computer networks interconnect, and previously, in the absence of a domestic IXP, all outbound traffic from Nigerian ISPs had to be routed through international links, most commonly via satellite. The operation of an IXP now means that local internet traffic stays within Nigeria, with only international traffic exchanged at points beyond the country’s borders.