The Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) continues its expansion in Africa. The company is already present in Nigeria and Egypt, among others.
Dutch internet exchange point (IXP) company Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) announced last week that it has signed a partnership agreement with data center operator Wingu to launch a new exchange Internet in Djibouti. Called AMS-IX Djibouti, the new digital infrastructure will be installed in the new Wingu data center.
“ AMS-IX will provide commercial management of AMS-IX Djibouti and focus on onboarding new customers and growing the new Internet exchange. Wingu will be the commercial partner of AMS-IX and the regional commercial arm of AMS-IX Djibouti ,” explains AMS-IX in a press release.
This partnership agreement follows an initial memorandum of understanding announced by the two parties during the 2023 edition of the MORE-IP event which brought together professionals and decision-makers in the IP interconnection sector from May 31 to June 1st. It is part of AMS-IX’s expansion strategy in Africa. Last April, the company launched an internet exchange in Lagos, Nigeria in partnership with MDXi. It also collaborated with Telecom Egypt to build Egypt’s first open access IXP which was launched in April 2022.
AMS-IX’s expansion into the African market comes against a backdrop of increasing internet traffic on the continent and the growing installation of submarine fiber optic cable infrastructure, including Google’s Equiano and 2Africa. by Meta. Other major IXP companies such as Germany’s Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange (DE-CIX) and Britain’s London Internet Exchange (LINX) are also investing on the continent.