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Kenya claims Africa’s first mobile data roaming exchange point

Kenya claims Africa’s first mobile data roaming exchange point

Following hard on the heels of its major Internet infrastructure upgrade in Mozambique, reported here on 4 April, PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, has announced plans for another boost to African connectivity – this time in Kenya.

PCCW Global and Kenyan technology service provider TESPOK have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide Africa’s first mobile data roaming exchange point.

This IPX-based networking infrastructure will, the partners say, keep roaming data on the continent while improving user experience, gaining network efficiencies, decreasing costs, and reducing loads on international cable infrastructure. 

Growing demand for bandwidth-intensive applications such as YouTube, Netflix, and WhatsApp, driven by a fast-growing young population and ever-greater Internet use, are fueling demand for high-speed mobile networks throughout Africa.

However, most roaming data currently transfers via data Internet exchange points in distant locations, with all that implies in terms of latency.

The PCCW Global and TESPOK solution is to set up a local African data roaming Internet exchange point strategically located in Kenya. The exchange point itself will be connected to PCCW Global’s tier one network.

PCCW Global has continued to enhance network diversity across the continent, increasing bandwidth capacity by up to 400 per cent over major African backbone routes in the past few years and dramatically improving network availability, speed and quality in the region.

It is also heavily investing in infrastructure for Africa, including the 12,000km Pakistan & East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) cable system that will connect Asia, Africa and Europe, reducing latency and improving end-user experience.

This high-speed and low-latency networking infrastructure will in turn benefit the new data roaming Internet exchange point, providing world-class connectivity for African network operators across the continent and the world.

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