IXPN targets improved Internet connections with M-LAB facility

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NIGERIA’s Internet Exchange Point (IXPN) has launched a Measurement Lab (M-Lab), a network diagnostic tool for improved and faster connectivity.

Done in support of Google and Glo 1, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of IXPN, Muhammed Rudman disclosed that the Internet eXchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) began a process of obtaining and hosting the M-Lab Network in 2014 in recognition of the critical role of independent Quality of Service measurements towards achieving policy and regulatory needs.

Rudman, who said there are unfolding plans to build the necessary capacity and sensitize key stakeholders on M-Labs, opined that provision has been made to fund some research in some tertiary institutions in the country in the area of broadband.

The CEO pointed out that all the parties involved in the installation of the M-Lab independent Quality of Service Measurements are rendering a social service to the community.

“Although the motive is not profit-driven, it is expected that consumers and the ICT public will be better served by it”, he added.

Rudman opined that mobile Internet penetration in Nigeria hovers between 28 per cent and 38 per cent, while emphasizing the fact of its growing impact on the Nigerian economy (7.8 per cent of GDP in 2013).

He therefore, called for the doubling of efforts at ensuring that the quality of service does not fall short, and that verifiable local data that can address any gaps and improve on success points is in place, especially, in view of the critical role access to the Internet is now playing in all sectors of society, the life and work of the citizens.

Amongst other benefits, the collaborating organisations said that the service would be particularly beneficial to/for regulators in the industry, consumer advocacy groups, research institutions, the media and Information and Communications Technology reporters; Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and the general public.

Meanwhile, about 35 telecommunications operators in Nigeria have connected to IXPN. The move was borne out of the advocacy and government’s local content policy, which requires players in the ICT industry to host their Internet contents locally.

By hosting their Internet contents locally within the infrastructure of IXPN, the over 80 million Internet users are able to quickly and efficiently access Internet materials locally without having to navigate, while browsing, to other countries, where some contents are hosted before accessing them.

“We currently have about 35 companies connected to IXPN and this will ensure unnecessary capital flight as well as making the Internet materials being searched for by the users within close range and this ultimately saves cost,” said Rudman.

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