MainData Nigeria (MDXi), a data center operated by telecoms service provider MainOne, and the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), an exchange point that allows several Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and network operators to exchange traffic between their networks at no cost, have announced a partnership aimed at expanding the peering of Internet Transit traffic within Nigeria.

The partnership will see MDXi leverage on the open access submarine cable system, data centre and IP transit network already connected to the Lagos, Accra, London and Amsterdam Internet Exchanges in order to grow traffic in the Nigerian Internet Exchange.

Speaking during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, IPXN Chief Executive Officer Muhammed Rudman highlighted efforts of the Exchange to deepen local content via partnerships focused on the creation and hosting of content in-country.

"Our partnership with MDXi", Rudman explains, "provides our members direct and more cost-effective interconnection with their partners, leveraging hosting in MDXi’s Tier III Data Center, and access via MainOne’s open-access submarine cable. This will enhance local internet performance, lower costs and minimise traffic bottlenecks for Internet traffic in Nigeria."

"MainOne is committed to the penetration of high quality and affordable broadband internet services in West Africa", MainOne Chief Executive Officer Funke Opeke added.

"Bringing the IXPN closer to our network plays an important role in helping us realise that vision not only for Nigeria but for all of West Africa", Opeke said further. "Hosting the IXPN in our data centre will continue to impact positively on the digital transformation of Nigeria and the overall growth of the Nigerian economy by enabling Internet traffic originating and terminating on any network in Nigeria to remain in-country."

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