RICTA has launched the Rwanda Internet Exchange PointPosted By: UDAHOGORA Vanessa Peace - On:09/11/2016
Through the African Internet Exchange System (AXIS) project, RINEX received a grant from the African Union Commission (AUC) to grow into a regional Exchange Point. The AXIS project aims to keep Africa’s Internet traffic local by providing capacity building & technical assistance to facilitate the establishment of internet Exchange Points and Regional Internet Exchange Point.
The RINEX launch was officiated by Hon. Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Rwanda Minister of Youth and ICT of South Africa and H.E Dr. Elham Ibrahim, African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy. The Launch was attended by leaders of ICT industry, Academia, public and private sectors that will benefit from the services that the Rwanda Internet exchange point is offering.
For Rwanda and the region at large having an internet exchange point will enable regional networks to efficiently exchange information at a common point within a country rather than needing to exchange local internet traffic overseas which reduces latency and improve internet user experience. Access providers, broadcast, publishers, social network sites, telecom operations and any one that relies on network traffic can benefit from RINEX.