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Africa Data Centres and Nigeria's IXPN join forces

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Africa Data Centres is teaming up with the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), in a deal that will see better connectivity and lower bandwidth costs for Nigerians.

Africa Data Centres – which is part of the Cassava Technologies group – is moving forward with a large-scale African expansion of its carrier- and cloud-neutral data centers. This has seen recent builds in South Africa and Ghana with plans to build data centers in ten of Africa's largest economic capitals.

IXPN's CEO, Muhammed Rudman, said the partnership will provide an additional point of presence to IXPN members within the new Eko Atlantic City.

"Our partnership with Africa Data Centres provides our members with access to more peering facilities, particularly in Lagos, which will significantly improve connection performance, lower bandwidth costs, and lower latency for Nigerian Internet traffic," he added.

"IXPN is unquestionably the leading Internet exchange point in Nigeria and provides Africa Data Centres with the connectivity it needs to give customers market-leading service," said Dr Angus Hay, Africa Data Centres' group executive for IT and partnerships.

Africa Data Centres said that as enterprises migrate to the cloud and Internet-centric technology, they often find the expenses associated with operating their infrastructure – including backup generators and physical security – too high. Shared data center resources reduce the total cost of ownership while increasing availability and connectivity.

"Effective cloud services cannot be implemented without stable Internet access and robust, reliable data centres. This is the essence of the partnership between Africa Data Centres and IXPN – they bring Internet peering to the table, and the data centre provider delivers the local ecosystem for customers," Africa Data Centres added.

IXPN is a non-profit and membership-based organization which provides a platform for networks to interconnect directly within Nigeria, ensuring that local Internet traffic stays local rather than having to cross multiple country borders before reaching its recipients within the same locality.

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