Nigeria saves N2b yearly from local routing of Internet traffic

Umar Danbatta, NCC Boss.

Umar Danbatta, NCC Boss.

The utilisation of Nigeria’s Internet Exchange Point (IXP) by telecommunications operators is saving the country N2 billion yearly.

Executive Vice Chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umaru Danbatta, said at the Telecom Executive and Regulators Forum in Lagos yesterday that the N2 billion would have been paid out to international carriers in dollars yearly if the IX or IXP facility was not available in the country.

IX or IXP is a physical infrastructure through which Internet service providers (ISPs) and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) exchange traffic (autonomous systems).

Danbatta, represented by the Executive Director, Technical Services, Ubale Maska, explained that the IXPs were the focal point of the Internet and therefore critical for its development in any country. They not only reduce the cost of Internet traffic by keeping traffic local, but more importantly, enable additional applications, which have a considerable multiplier effect on the economy.

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