AMS-IX, one of the world’s leading Internet Exchange operators, and MainData Nigeria Limited (MDXi), an Equinix business, have inaugurated a new Internet Exchange in Lagos, Nigeria.
The new Internet Exchange, AMS-IX Lagos, is housed in MDXi’s carrier-neutral data center, which is owned by Equinix. According to the terms of the agreement, MDXi will function as AMS-IX’s commercial partner as well as the regional sales and marketing arm for AMS-IX Lagos. The exchange’s technical and operational management will be handled by AMS-IX.
AMS-IX Lagos aspires to be a key content center for West Africa, allowing regional and local ISPs, carriers, and Internet Exchanges to collect content from large worldwide Content Delivery Networks, hosting firms, and application suppliers. MDXi, an Equinix Company, and AMS-IX will focus on forming agreements with local telecom providers and IXs, as well as supporting local ecosystems, in the coming months.
AMS-IX In the coming month, AMS-IX and MDXi, an Equinix Company, will migrate and onboard the current connected networks of West Africa Internet Exchange (WAF-IX) in Lagos. Large CDNs and application providers such as Cloudflare, Microsoft, and Google are among the networks connected to WAF-IX.
“We intend to add value to the local carriers and IXs by attracting even more content players to the region and supporting the local connectivity community,” says Peter van Burgel, CEO of AMS-IX. This is an interesting project for us since we regard it as a vital step toward bringing low-latency, inexpensive Internet to the West African region.”
“This partnership enables MDXi to deliver value to the rich ecosystem of network operators, carriers, content providers, cloud services providers, and enterprises that we have present in the data center,” says Funke Opeke, Director MDXi, an Equinix subsidiary. The AMS-IX collaboration will assist MDXi in solidifying its status as a content hub not only for Nigeria, but also for Francophone and English-speaking West and Central Africa.”