N+ONE and France IX delivering neutral peering in Morocco

Morocco’s first neutral Internet exchange point (IXP) is being launched by cloud services provider N+ONE Datacenters with support from France-IX.

Due to open in March 2016, the IXP is an important step on the road to improving in-country connectivity as it provides Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) with a neutral location for peering, enabling them to benefit from reduced reliance on international IP transit and associated costs.

Casablanca-based N+ONE delivers data centre infrastructure across North Africa. When developing plans for Morocco’s first neutral IXP, the firm chose to partner with France-IX due to the latter’s experience in the challenges of interconnecting local networks in Africa.

France-IX is providing N+ONE with ongoing technical assistance and remote technical support, as well as donating equipment which has provided over 100Gbps of total port capacity. The technical infrastructure of the IXP is currently undergoing final testing and is on target to be fully operational for the launch date.

The neutrality of an IXP is important as it eliminates the possibility of the IXP owner - often a carrier - having influence over the peering community or their customers. If the IXP is neutral and offering free co-location services, then the peers are able to benefit from a democratised environment that is purely focused on providing maximum efficiency, performance and economic value. N+ONE decided to set up CASIX to help the process of democratising the internet in Morocco where - with the advent of 4G - more and more people are using social media and access to the internet is becoming ever more important.

“As the first and largest carrier-neutral data centre operator in Morocco, we are in a strong position to sponsor the country’s first neutral IXP. We will offer free co-location services for the exchange at all our facilities, and our ISP, CDN, banking and corporate clients are already benefitting from the ability to exchange locally”, says Réda Ben Talha, Deputy Director Sales & Marketing at N+ONE Datacentre.

France-IX is dedicated facilitating the development of neutral peering across the African continent. By collaborating with N+ONE Datacenters in the development and launch of CASIX, France-IX envisions the acceleration of local peering in North Africa and the enhancement of interconnections in the Mediterranean region. CASIX is the second African IXP partnership for France-IX, following Senix in Senegal. 

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