By Abayomi Ayoola
The National Communication Commission (NCC), the body set up to regulate the Information and Telecommunication Industry in Nigeria has commissioned the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), this is aimed at reducing the costs of internet service throughtout the country.
An Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria is a physical network infrastructure that allows several Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and several network operators to exchange traffic between their networks.
According to the Executive Chairman of the NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah,
Keeping internet traffic local would save the country $20million in the first year alone. The Commission would improve on its funding of the organization to ensure that the objectives of opening an exchange are fully realized.
He went further saying,
One of the most cost effective ways of managing internet traffic in any country is to ensure that domestic Internet traffic is kept within the nation. This is to avoid the global imbalance in the global telecom connectivity that forces some nations of the world to send local traffic designed for local destinations through international hubs located outside their countries, thereby attracting extra cost and consuming more international bandwidth. This means that this facility will save the nation some foreign exchange when fully implemented and we will experience an immediate drop in connectivity costs as well as cost savings of more than $20million (N3billion) in offshore Internet bandwidth payments in the first year of operations.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman of IXPN, Chima Onyekwere said,
At IXPN, we are committed not only to the development of a national Internet infrastructure, but increasingly, an infrastructure that will span the entire African continent, Europe, America, Asia and the entire world.
The IXPN in Lagos is the first of its kind in Nigeria and there are ongoing plan to deploy same in the six geopolitical zones in the country.
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