http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.21Change: 0.10
R/$ = 11.26Change: 0.01
Au 1212.89 $/ozChange: 4.20
Pt 1274.00 $/ozChange: -28.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Sep 07, 2012

€5.1m fund aims to support building of African Internet exchange points

Back
Africa|PROJECT|System|Africa|Burkina Faso|Burundi|Guinea|Namibia|Niger|Senegal|USD|Building|Easier Internet Traffic Exchange|Equipment|Internet Exchange Points|Internet Exchange System|Internet Traffic|Internet Traffic Exchange|Nonprofit Organisation Internet Society|Dawit Bekele|Moctar Yedaly|Information Technology
Africa|PROJECT|System|Africa|Burkina Faso|||Building|Equipment|||
africa-company|project|system|africa|burkina-faso|burundi|guinea|namibia|niger|senegal|usd|building|easier-internet-traffic-exchange|equipment|internet-exchange-points|internet-exchange-system|internet-traffic|internet-traffic-exchange|nonprofit-organisation-internet-society|dawit-bekele|moctar-yedaly|information-technology
© Reuse this



A€5.1-million fund will be available to facilitate the building of Internet exchange points (IXPs) in 30 African countries that do not have IXPs. Work in six countries will begin this month, continental bloc African Union Commis- sion Information Society division head Moctar Yedaly announced at the Internet Society African Peering and Interconnection Forum in August.

Senegal, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Niger, Namibia and Guinea have been selected as the first countries to benefit from the African Internet Exchange System (Axis) project that will start this month, while regional IXPs would be developed during next year.

The project aimed to build capacity in the 30 countries that do not have national IXPs through a series of 60 technical workshops to be hosted and supported by nonprofit organisation Internet Society. The goal was to build national IXPs in these countries and regional IXPs to promote easier Internet traffic exchange and a better experience for end-users on the continent, said Internet Society Regional Bureau for Africa director Dawit Bekele.

The exchange of African Internet traffic through international exchanges costs the continent about $600-million a year, most of which can be reduced by effective national and regional interconnectivity, peering and Internet traffic exchange, noted Yedaly.

“Each country will receive expert and best-practice advice from the Internet Society, as well as equipment to enable the establishment of IXPs in the country, should this be necessary,” he said.

This development was in line with the African Union (AU) Heads of State decision in 2010 to link major cities on the con- tinent to support economic growth and improve communications and information technology on the continent.

Further, the commission would encourage each country to take ownership of the IXPs, which was part of the reason Internet Society was selected to assist the countries in developing technical capacity, and it expected all 30 countries to have at least one national IXP by the end of 2015, said Yedaly.

“As countries establish their own IXPs, Internet traffic will be routed locally, creating a downward pressure on costs and stimulating the growth in, and the distribution of local Internet content. Through the Axis project, the interests of the AU will be realised in this collaborative effort to assist in the development of a more locally operated and, hence, more robust and economically accessible Pan-African Internet,” he concluded.

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Construction News
Updated 3 hours ago JSE-listed Redefine Properties on Wednesday closed an accelerated bookbuild, raising R1.36-billion, placing around 143.1-million shares at a price of R9.50 a share. The company announced the accelerated bookbuild on Wednesday morning to initially raise about...
Updated 4 hours ago Some concern has been expressed about recent delays to South Africa’s hitherto successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), under which 26 projects have already been connected to the grid following three bid windows during...
Waterfall City
The sweeping R4.5-billion Waterfall City development has the potential to become Gauteng’s new central business district (CBD), enabling large corporates to consolidate their Johannesburg bases while providing scope for future expansion, property developer Attacq CEO...
More
 
 
Latest News
DENNIS JÖNSSON Dairy will become a more globalised business in the next 10 years
Updated 2 hours ago Changing dairy consumption patterns in developed markets and rising consumption in emerging markets is resulting in increased trade from dairy producing countries to emerging markets, says Swiss food packaging and processing multinational Tetra Pak CEO Dennis...
Updated 3 hours ago The latest TransUnion Vehicle Pricing Index (VPI) contains a number of small, but significant indications that the tide may at last be turning for the beleaguered used car industry. For the third successive quarter, used car inflation has increased on a year-on-year...
Updated 3 hours ago JSE-listed Redefine Properties on Wednesday closed an accelerated bookbuild, raising R1.36-billion, placing around 143.1-million shares at a price of R9.50 a share. The company announced the accelerated bookbuild on Wednesday morning to initially raise about...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Updated 3 hours ago The latest TransUnion Vehicle Pricing Index (VPI) contains a number of small, but significant indications that the tide may at last be turning for the beleaguered used car industry. For the third successive quarter, used car inflation has increased on a year-on-year...
The South African new vehicle market is likely to reach around 630 000 units in 2014, down from the 650 000 units recorded in 2013, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl. Van Zyl is also president of the National Association of...
Efforts by the Kenya government to increase energy generation by 5 000 MW over the next three years received a major boost following the award of a $2-billion contract to build a coal power plant in Lamu.  Despite allegations of irregular tendering process, the...
Using crafty wordplay on a well-known Internet meme, brilliant South African-born US entrepreneur and businessperson Elon Musk announced that Tesla Motors would not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wanted to use its technology. Instead,...
August new vehicle sales declined by 1.4%, to 55 722 units, compared with the same month last year. Assisted by the car rental market, the South African new passenger car market, at 37 953 units, contracted by 1 047 units, or 2.7%, compared with August last year.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks