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Press Release -- September 17th, 2013
Source: AMS-IX

AMS-IX Starts New Regional Internet Exchange Hub in Mombasa, Kenya, in Collaboration with KIXP

Ports to the AMS-IX East Africa Exchange Point ready for order

Amsterdam, 17 September 2013AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) is building a new peering platform in Mombasa, Kenya, to help develop East Africa’s regional Internet interconnection. This initiative is in collaboration with the Kenya Internet Exchange Point (KIXP) and builds on the successful and proven design of AMS-IX in Europe. The new exchange hub, the AMS-IX East Africa Exchange Point, will enable networks in the African continent to access other networks via a single platform.

SEACOM, as a pan-African ICT enabler, will be the first reseller of the AMS-IX East Africa Exchange platform as well as providing connectivity from the exchange to Amsterdam. As a result, Internet companies in Africa will have the ability to peer with over 600 IP networks at AMS-IX in Amsterdam.

As of today, parties can already order a connection to the AMS-IX East Africa Exchange Point, which is planned to go live mid-November 2013. Available port connections are Ethernet (E), Fast Ethernet (FE), 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) and 10 GE. When connecting through reseller SEACOM, port capacities from 10 to 1000 Mbps are also offered.

With the development of a professional Internet hub in Kenya, AMS-IX and KIXP are further extending their partnership. In 2011, AMS-IX began collaborating with KIXP, which is operated by the Telecommunication Service Providers Association of Kenya (TESPOK), which included the donation of AMS-IX Gigabit Ethernet equipment.

Job Witteman, CEO at AMS-IX, says: “East Africa is an important emerging market, led by Kenya, especially from an ICT point of view. Interconnection is becoming more and more essential to enable the region’s developing business activity. Together with KIXP we aim to contribute by helping to improve the African Internet ecosystem.”

Fiona Asonga, CEO at KIXP, says: “Cooperating with a more established global IXP such as AMS-IX has been worthwhile. This partnership is yet another opportunity for KIXP to add value to the local Internet scene both for the operators and consumers who stand to benefit from an enhanced online experience. It is TESPOK’s hope that this arrangement will significantly contribute to Kenya being the ICT hub for the region.”

About AMS-IX

Established in the early 1990s, AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) is a neutral and independent Internet Exchange based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. AMS-IX interconnects over 600 IP networks and its business traffic has a peak of more than 2 Terabit per second, making it the largest Internet Exchange in the world. The AMS-IX platform provides a professional, high quality, non-blocking peering service for all types of IP traffic, be it regular IP data such as email or web content, to also video/TV and hosting and cloud parties. AMS-IX additionally hosts the first mobile peering point worldwide, the Global GPRS Roaming Exchange (GRX) and the Mobile Data Exchange (MDX) and the first interconnection of IPX networks (Inter-IPX). AMS-IX deploys two other Internet Exchanges abroad: AMS-IX Hong Kong in the Asia Pacific region and AMS-IX Caribbean based in Curacao.

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For more information about AMS-IX, please contact AMS-IX PR & Communications:
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Telecommunications Service Providers Association of Kenya (TESPOK) is a professional, non-profit organization representing the interests of telecommunication service providers in Kenya. Established in 1999, TESPOK has been running and managing the Kenya Internet Exchange Point (KIXP) since 2002. KIXP has over the past couple of years been one of the fastest growing IXPs globally, with a growth rate of over 100% and traffic from 110ASN – of which 52% are from within the African continent. The strength of the Association rests on its ability to be truly representative of the entire telecommunications industry as a whole.

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For more information about TESPOK and KIXP, please contact Fiona Asonga, CEO at TESPOK & KIXP:

Tel: +254 721 713504

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