iColo: A Digital Realty Company Announced as Latest Strategic Partner for LINX Nairobi
iColo: A Digital Realty Company has today announced that the London Internet Exchange (LINX) has selected their NBO1 data center in Nairobi as the latest full point of presence (PoP) partner for the new East African interconnection hub, LINX Nairobi.
In 2022, LINX announced that they were working with local partners in East Africa to plan, build and deliver the future-proof, multi-site interconnection platform for global networks, with the ability to scale alongside the fast-growing digital landscape in Kenya. In addition, this is the first physical footprint for the internet exchange point (IXP) in Africa, which will ensure growth and opportunities across new markets in Africa, to enhance connectivity, and bring digital services to citizens.
NBO1 is a carrier-neutral data center connectivity hub for enterprise and financial customers and will become a PoP for LINX Nairobi in the coming weeks.
Ranjith Cherickel, CEO, iColo commented on the new partnership: “The entry of a global IXP like LINX to our ecosystem will spur on network peering in Africa by allowing customers to exchange traffic locally and avoid costly transit routes.”
With over 25 years of experience in providing world-class engineering and support services to over 850 global networks, the team at LINX are looking forward to taking their first steps in Africa with LINX Nairobi.
Nurani Nimpuno, Head of Global Engagement, LINX said: “LINX Nairobi will be the first interconnected, multi-site IXP in Kenya. Interconnected IXPs such as LINX Nairobi, aim to serve the entire ecosystem in a market, and it adds additional redundancy and resilience for our member networks. We are looking forward to extending our strong partner relations with Digital Realty in Europe, to Africa. The iColo team are experts in their field and we are very much looking forward to working together.”
About iColo: A Digital Realty Company
iColo: A Digital Realty Company designs, builds, and operates state-of-the-art carrier-neutral data centres in Kenya and Mozambique to serve a broad spectrum of clients – telecom carriers, ISPs and peering points, IT and cloud providers, content providers, enterprise, and financial services customers. As part of Digital Realty’s data center platform, PlatformDIGITAL®, the company enables customers with a global connected data community of 300+ facilities in 50+ metros across 25+ countries on six continents. For more information, please visit www.icolo.io or follow us on LinkedIn and X.
About Digital Realty
Digital Realty brings companies and data together by delivering the full spectrum of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions. PlatformDIGITAL®, the company’s global data center platform, provides customers with a secure data meeting place and a proven Pervasive Datacenter Architecture (PDx®) solution methodology for powering innovation and efficiently managing Data Gravity challenges. Digital Realty gives its customers access to the connected data communities that matter to them with a global data center footprint of 300+ facilities in 50+ metros across 25+ countries on six continents. To learn more about Digital Realty, please visit digitalrealty.com or follow us on LinkedIn and X.
Established in 1994, the London Internet Exchange (LINX) is one of the largest Internet exchanges in the world, connecting over 850 member ASNs from over 80 countries. The LINX network continues to expand its London presence with 16 locations across London, along with UK regional exchanges in Manchester in the North-West of England, Wales and Scotland. They also operate LINX NoVA, an interconnection platform for the US located in Northern Virginia, as well as powering JEDIX in Saudi Arabia. New for 2023, LINX take their first step into Africa with LINX Nairobi, a new interconnection hub for East Africa. LINX traffic statistics: https://portal.linx.net/