African IXP Association targets 80% local Internet traffic by 2020
15 February 2019
The African IXP Association, a group of Internet exchange point operators from across Africa said it is targeting 80 percent localization of Internet traffic by 2020 in Africa.
“Our target is to localize 80% of Africa’s Internet traffic by 2020, and I believe we’re well on our way,” said Kyle Spencer, Co-Coordinator of the African IXP Association in a statement the group released in preparation for this year’s Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum, holding Mauritius later this year.
The African IXP Association based its projection on Packet Clearing House’s reports that Africa currently sees the highest growth of domestic bandwidth production in the world, registering a 92 percent increase from 410 Gbps to 786 Gbps within the last 12 months.
This report, the group stated, is corroborated by its internal industry benchmarking data.
The African IXP Association (AFIX) is a group brought together by a shared need to coordinate and exchange knowledge. It aims to foster an enabling environment for IXP operators, improve connectivity within the continent, and increase the Internet’s value for all. AFIX was established in 2012, joined the Internet eXchange Federation (IX-F) in 2014, and now organizes the annual African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF).