[Afpif] Fwd: NEWS RELEASE: New Study Reveals How Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) Spur Internet Growth in Emerging Markets

Bope Domilongo Christian christianbope at gmail.com
Wed Apr 18 09:12:06 UTC 2012

Dear All,

This is good news Africa , we hope that the KINIX (Kinshasa Internet
Exchange Point for DRC ) will help DRC market to growth.
The KINIX will up and full running next month.

We will keep afpif member on that.

Christian Bope
Skype: christian.bope

On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 5:39 PM, Michuki Mwangi <mwangi at isoc.org> wrote:

> <Apologies for cross posting>
> -------- Original Message --------
> New Study Reveals How Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) Spur Internet
> Growth in Emerging Markets
> Internet Society report demonstrates the significant cost and
> performance gains in Kenya and Nigeria with IXP development
> [Washington, D.C. USA and Geneva, Switzerland – 17 April 2012] – The
> Internet Society today published the results of a study that
> demonstrates the far-reaching economic and societal benefits of
> establishing Internet Exchange Points (or IXPs) in emerging markets. The
> study, commissioned by the Internet Society and conducted by independent
> strategy and research consultancy, Analysys Mason, examined the critical
> cost and performance benefits of IXPs in Kenya and Nigeria – two
> sub-Saharan countries that have been on the leading edge of Internet
> growth in Africa.
> Analogous with the role that international airports play in airline
> traffic, IXPs serve as critical hubs for data traffic exchange in the
> global Internet infrastructure. Over 350 IXPs around the world enable
> local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Internet backbone carriers
> to efficiently and cost effectively exchange Internet traffic between
> them. Many emerging markets do not have well-established IXPs, forcing
> domestic Internet traffic onto long-distance international links,
> resulting in significantly higher costs and latency.
> The new study quantifies for the first time how IXPs enable Kenya and
> Nigeria to save millions in telecommunications costs and raise
> additional revenues in these countries while simultaneously speeding
> local data exchange, and encouraging the development of locally hosted
> content and services. For example:
> *The Kenya Internet Exchange Point (KIXP) has dramatically reduced
> latency of local traffic, speeding data from 200-600ms to 2-10ms on
> average, while saving local ISPs nearly US$1.5 million per year on
> international connectivity charges.
> *In Nigeria, the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) has
> experienced a similar reduction in latency while currently saving
> operators over US$1 million in connectivity costs per year.
> *In Nigeria, the presence of the IXP has encouraged the repatriation of
> financial platforms for online banking that were previously hosted
> overseas, while in Kenya the  IXP has helped speed citizens’ access to
> online tax and customs services offered by the Kenya Revenue Authority.
> *The presence of effective IXPs induced Google to place a cache in both
> countries in Spring 2011, which has significantly increased the amount
> of locally distributed content (notably YouTube videos) at faster speeds.
> *Improved access to local content has increased usage, helping to
> increase the mobile data market by at least US$6 million per year in Kenya.
> “This study puts into clear context the commonly accepted but seldom
> quantified proposition that IXPs are essential for any country aspiring
> to tap into the global Internet economy,” said Karen Rose, senior
> director of development strategy at the Internet Society. “Offering more
> than just cost and performance benefits, well-run IXPs serve as a
> catalyst to dramatically enrich a country’s Internet ecosystem, opening
> a new world of possibilities with comparably minimal investment. We hope
> that this study will help inform the dialogue among government,
> business, and technology leaders of emerging countries still struggling
> with cost and bandwidth issues to show them, in no uncertain terms, the
> benefits IXPs can yield for developing the most fertile ground possible
> for Internet growth.”
> Michael Kende, Analysys Mason partner and lead author on the study,
> said, “Thanks to the leadership of the Internet Society, this is a
> unique study that documents and quantifies the benefits of two growing
> and regionally important IXPs in sub-Saharan Africa.  It demonstrates
> the central role these IXPs have had in developing the Internet
> ecosystems in each country and how they are paving the way for future
> growth, including for advanced services such as cloud applications.”
> Commenting on the study and the growth of the Internet in Africa, Fiona
> Asonga, chief executive officer of the Telecommunications Services
> Providers Association of Kenya (TESPOK), stated, "This year marks the
> 10th anniversary of KIXP and we are proud to have contributed to the
> tremendous growth of the Internet in Africa during that time. We are
> pleased that this independent study illustrates the practical value that
> KIXP currently brings to its members, as well as the important
> contributions it is making to the broader Internet economy in Kenya."
> Muhammed Rudman, chief executive officer of the Internet Exchange Point
> of Nigeria (IXPN), shared his thoughts on the future of the Internet in
> the region.  He commented, "The mission of IXPN is to localize Internet
> traffic and reduce routing costs, thereby improving the efficiency and
> effectiveness of the Internet in Nigeria.  At the same time, our eyes
> are very much set towards the future of the Internet in the region.  I
> believe we have only scratched the surface of what IXPN will be able to
> do for the growth of the Internet in Africa."
> The study was conducted as part of the Internet Society’s
> Interconnection and Traffic Exchange Programme, which aims to foster
> robust, efficient, and cost-effective Internet interconnection
> environments in emerging economies, and in furtherance of the Internet
> Society’s overall mission to promote the open development, evolution,
> and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world.
> The full study is available for download at
> http://www.internetsociety.org/ixpimpact
> About the Internet Society
> The Internet Society is the trusted independent source for Internet
> information and thought leadership from around the world. With its
> principled vision and substantial technological foundation, the Internet
> Society promotes open dialogue on Internet policy, technology and future
> development among users, companies, governments, and other
> organizations. Working with its members and Chapters around the world,
> the Internet Society enables the continued evolution and growth of the
> Internet for everyone. For more details, visit
> http://www.internetsociety.org
> Media Contact: Wende Cover, cover at isoc.org, +1-703-439-2773
> About Analysys Mason (www.analysysmason.com)
> Analysys Mason is a global consultancy and research company specializing
> in telecoms, media and technology (TMT).  Our clients in the TMT sectors
> operate in dynamic markets where change is constant. We help shape their
> understanding of the future so they can thrive in these demanding
> conditions. To do that, our consultants have developed rigorous
> methodologies that deliver real-world results for clients around the world.
> Media Contact: Gina Ghensi, press at analysysmason.com, +44-1223-460-600
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