As part of its interconnection platform, the London Internet Exchange-LINX-Nairobi will use Nokia’s 7220 IXR D3L and SR Linux Network Operating System (NOS). The 7220 IXR D3L offers high-performance, high-density fixed configuration with 6.4 Tb/s throughput in a 1 RU form factor, allowing LINX to grow capacity cost effectively.

The objective for LINX’s expansion into East Africa was to contribute its knowledge and engineering expertise, as well as to grow alongside the expanding digital eco-system with a future-proof platform interconnecting local and global networks.

Existing LINX members in the UK or the US will be able to add LINX Nairobi as a new LINX interconnection location by logging into the IXP’s member portal. From the start, the new East African interconnection hub will include ports ranging from 1G to 100G.

“Here at LINX, we are particularly thrilled to be cooperating with Nokia as a preferred supplier once again,” says Tunu Miah, who manages the Nairobi project. Our prior collaboration with Nokia for the implementation of our 400GE solution was a success, and we’ve developed a positive working relationship with the company. As we move toward the launch of LINX Nairobi, we will continue to expand on this.”

The 7220 IXR DL3 is powered by Nokia’s latest SR Linux, a genuinely open NOS that is more scalable, adaptable, and easy to use. The current architecture of SR Linux enables LINX to leverage new technologies like streaming telemetry and model-driven management while still integrating with its existing automation tooling via NAPALM.

“LINX is one of the most inventive organizations delivering novel interconnection services in Africa and the Middle East,” stated Manuel Ortiz Fernandez, Senior Vice President of Nokia’s EMEA Webscale business. We are thrilled that LINX has chosen Nokia’s market-leading 7220 IXR D3L and SR Linux, guaranteeing that the new infrastructure constructed in Kenya has the capabilities required to support the region’s accelerated growth.”

Nokia has offices in over 38 African and Middle Eastern nations and is committed to deploying the next generation of IP technology throughout the area.


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