Windhoek Internet Exchange Point launched

WINDHOEK: The Windhoek Internet Exchange Point (WIXP) was launched yesterday. The IXP program forms part of the African Internet Exchange System (AIXS) project which was launched by the African Union Commission (AUC) in 2012 following the 14th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2010.

The project aims to retain Africa’s Internet traffic by building capacity and providing technical assistance to facilitate the establishment of national Internet exchange points as well as regional Internet exchange points in Africa.

The role of IXP is to keep local internet traffic within local infrastructure and to reduce costs associated with traffic exchange between Internet service providers (ISPs).

Namibia is amongst 25 countries that have benefited from the project so far.

Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Stanley Simataa officiated at the historic event, and said Namibia has over the past years been paying overseas carriers to exchange local and continental traffic which has been costly and made Internet connectivity and services provided to the Namibian people unaffordable.

He expressed hope that Namibians will now be able to enjoy better Internet services which are more secured, affordable and faster with the established infrastructure.