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Asteroid invests in Kenyan data centre IXP

With the addition of the latest facility, Asteroid has now deployed a three-site distributed IXP in Nairobi.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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October 26, 2021 | 10:24 AM BST

Interconnection platform provider Asteroid has deployed an Internet exchange point (IXP) within the PAIX Data Centres’ Nairobi facility in Kenya.

Located inside Britam Tower in Upper Hill, the IXP is positioned to help local enterprises, content providers, banks and other financial institutions to connect and peer, in order to improve resilience and save costs on international bandwidth.

Asteroid has made of Africa a prime focus over the past few years, with the previous establishment of IXPs in Lagos and Mombasa.

Asteroid CEO and co-founder, Remco van Mook, said: “When we set out to create and offer an IXP solution that would be efficient, affordable, and dedicated to improving local interconnection, we envisioned that this would contribute to making content more accessible, especially in markets still highly dependent on international connectivity, which is the case in many African countries.

“We are very happy to work with PAIX as they are bringing world-class colocation facilities which foster the whole ecosystem.”

With the addition of the PAIX facility, Asteroid has now deployed a three-site distributed IXP in Nairobi which enables networks of all sizes and businesses owning an Autonomous System Number (ASN) to exchange their own Internet routes directly in-country, instead of relying on international links.

Networks can connect to the IXP via a single or multiple 1G, 10G and 100G ports.

PAIX Data Centres CEO, Wouter van Hulten, said: “PAIX is committed to build performing connectivity and cloud hubs across the African continent. We are therefore thrilled to welcome Asteroid, a reliable partner with a proven track record in enhancing interconnection options on both a local and global scale.

“We firmly believe that their deployment will help our customers run and deliver their services in the best way.”

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