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Introducing LINX Nairobi

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) recently announced a new strategic partnership with Nairobi-based data centre provider IXAfrica Data Centre, to launch a new interconnection hub for Kenya.

The new hub, named LINX Nairobi, will provide the region with future proof interconnection solutions for global networks, with the ability to scale alongside the fast-growing digital landscape in Kenya.

Nurani Nimpuno, Head of Global Engagement for LINX says;

“We are very much looking forward to bringing LINX to Kenya, our first physical presence in Africa. LINX Nairobi will be fully supported by our world class engineering team and 24/7 NOC and existing LINX members will also be able to add this new location, once live, using our member portal.”

National and international networks are showing their interest in connecting to LINX Nairobi, which is set to be live later this year. A hub where networks meet and pass traffic and also the perfect location to access low latency routes to and from Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Niraj Shah, Director of Sales at IXAfrica says;

“Africa is undergoing a digital transformation and seeing a tremendous expansion in cloud applications as more businesses go digital, with the hyperscalers realising this potential…”

IXAfrica has built the first hyperscale data centre campus in East Africa with an IT capacity of 22.5MW. The first phase of 4.5MW is near completion with the M&E equipment on order and to be installed. Expectations are that this will be ready for service in the month of November.

Niraj continues;

“The Digital economy is a foundational pillar in Kenya’s vision of building an empowered society. Data centres sit at the core of this digital innovation and the internet is now closer to users. Having LINX at IXAfrica enables our customers to capitalise on the large footprint and realise the benefits of reduced costs, low latency, with lesser bandwidth.”

Representatives from LINX and IXAfrica will be attending the African Peering Forum (AfPIF) at the end of the month in Kigali, Rwanda.  This event will see the LINX Nairobi brand come to life and be communicated with key players within the interconnect and peering community.

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