Bolivia’s first IXPs planned

10 Jul 2013

Bolivian state-owned telco Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Entel) and five privately-owned operators are to construct the country’s first two internet exchange points (IXPs), according to BNamericas, which cites reports by local media. Bolivia’s telecoms regulator La Autoridad de Telecomunicaciones y Transportes (ATT) has claimed that the deployment of local IXPs will reduce internet traffic latencies in Bolivia, as well as costs, by allowing traffic to be routed locally, and thus avoiding expensive international connections. It is understood that the five private firms, which reportedly include Telecel (Tigo), will jointly launch one IXP, while Entel will build its own separate IXP; both projects are expected to cost approximately USD30,000.