[AfrICANN-discuss] NEWS RELEASE : Internet Exchange Point Launched on 10 April 2014 in Mbabane, kingdom of Swaziland

Victor Ndonnang ndonnang at isoc-cameroon.org
Fri Apr 11 08:26:05 SAST 2014

Great news, Well done! Happy to see more and more IXPs launched in Africa to
help keep the local Internet traffic really local. Thanks to AU and ISOC.

Best regards,




De : africann-bounces at afrinic.net [mailto:africann-bounces at afrinic.net] De
la part de Betel Hailu
Envoyé : Friday, April 11, 2014 12:32 AM
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Objet : [AfrICANN-discuss] NEWS RELEASE : Internet Exchange Point Launched
on 10 April 2014 in Mbabane, kingdom of Swaziland


Dear all,


Kindly find the press release on the IXP launched on 10 April 2014 in
Mbabane, kingdom of Swaziland.




Internet Exchange Point Launched on 10 April 2014 in Mbabane, kingdom of


IXP launch supported by the Internet Society



[Mbabane, Swaziland – April 10 2014] The Mbabane Internet Exchange Point
(MB-IX) was successfully launched on 10 April 2014 in Mbabane, Kingdom of
Swaziland. The IXP was formally inaugurated by Hon. Dumisani C.
Ndlangamandla, Minister of Information, Communications and Technology of the
Kingdom of Swaziland and Mr. Moctar Yedaly, Head of Information Society
Division, African Union Commission. Also present at the opening were Mr.
Sikelela Dlamini, Principle Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Mr. Andreas S
Dlamini, Telecommunications and Broadcasting Policy Research Engineer,
Ministry of ICT, Mr. Ralph Nkambule, Chairperson IXP Committee, Mr. Francis
Dlamini, Telecom General Manager of SPTC and Mr. Michuki Mwangi, Senior
Regional Development Manager for Africa, the Internet Society.


It is envisioned that the IXP will serve as a catalyst for innovation and
development of Internet services and applications in Swaziland. The Internet
Exchange Point will support Government efforts towards the implementation of
E-government services, and lower the cost of developing local hosting and
application development.  The presence of the IXP will improve local
Internet resilience by eliminating the dependence on international
connectivity for local Internet services and Internet-based communications.


“I am delighted to note that the exchange point seeks to keep locally
generated content within the country. This resonates well with government’s
motto of the BUY SWAZI campaign. This then should and must translate to the
other areas of the internet, that is, it must be generated locally and be
kept locally. By this, I mean, the creation of websites, the hosting of
websites, the design and creation of adverts – if we do all these, we will
be growing our own ICT industry,” said Hon. Dumisani C. Ndlangamandla,
Minister of Information Communications and Technology during the launching
ceremony of the first Internet Exchange Point in Swaziland.


The Head of Information Society Division of the AUC, Mr. Moctar Yedaly,
added that “the African Union initiated the African Internet Exchange System
project to promote the keeping of intra-Africa’s internet traffic within the
continent by supporting the establishment of National Internet Exchange
Points and Regional Internet Exchange Points in Africa
therefore it is a
pleasure that the collaboration between the Ministry of Information and
Communications Technology has culminated to this milestone to launch the
Internet Exchange Point in Swaziland”.


In his remarks at the IXP launch, Mr. Michuki Mwangi, Senior Regional
Development Manager for Africa the Internet Society, noted, “The Internet
Society is pleased by this major accomplishment which has been achieved in a
truly multi-stakeholder fashion. The establishment of the Swaziland exchange
point marks yet another milestone towards achieving the national and
regional interconnection goal for Africa by 2020. We look forward to
continue supporting the Internet community in Swaziland in the days ahead,
to grow the traffic exchanged at the IXP, for the mutual benefit of the
people of Swaziland and the region as a whole”.


“For Swaziland, this is the first major step towards realizing the goal of
80% local and 20% international Internet traffic by the year 2020. On behalf
of the local stakeholders, we are grateful for the support that we have
received from the Ministry of ICT, African Union, Internet Society and its
partners.  The support has been pivotal to the success realized thus far”,
said Mr. Ralph Nkambule, Chairperson IXP Committee of Swaziland.

The ISPs connected RealNet, Posix Swaziland and Swaziland Post &
Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC).

The IXP was established with the support of the African Internet Exchange
System (AXIS), a project of the African Union implemented by the Internet
Society. AXIS organized an IXP best practices workshop in Mbabane from 4-5
February 2013 where higher officials from the Ministry of ICT as well as
more than 35 experts participated, followed by a hands-on technical training
to 20 specialists, from 30 September- 04 October 2013. The Ministry of
Information, Telecommunications and Technology hosted the workshop and
AfriNIC (Nishal Goburdhan), AfNOG/Uganda (Patrick Okui) and Kasiria
Kipng’etich (Kenya) facilitated the capacity building workshops. The
subsequent collaboration between interested parties has led to this
successful initiative, which is expected to lead to positive results for the
sector and the country.


The Internet Society’s Africa Interconnection and Traffic Exchange programme
has been actively supporting the development of IXPs to boost local and
regional interconnection. The programme aims to have 80% of Internet traffic
exchanged in Africa by 2020, keeping local traffic local. This objective has
been boosted by the appointment of the Internet Society to implement the
African Union’s African Internet Exchange System (AXIS) programme.


For more information on AXIS, visit http://pages.au.int/axis



About the Internet Society

The Internet Society is the trusted independent source for Internet
information and thought leadership from around the world. With its
principled vision and substantial technological foundation, the Internet
Society promotes open dialogue on Internet policy, technology, and future
development among users, companies, governments, and other organizations.
Working with its members and Chapters around the world, the Internet Society
enables the continued evolution and growth of the Internet for everyone. 


For more information, visit www.internetsociety.org



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