RICTA has launched the Rwanda Internet Exchange Point

Posted By: UDAHOGORA Vanessa Peace - On:09/11/2016
Rwanda Internet exchange point (RINEX) is a neutral independent Internet Exchange managed by the Rwanda Information and Communication Technology Association (RICTA). An Internet eXchange Point IXP, essentially enables the interconnection of IP networks with the main purpose of facilitating the exchange of Internet traffic and keeping it local.

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.

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