AMS-IX and MDXi, an Equinix Company, have jointly launched a new Internet Exchange, AMS-IX Lagos, in Nigeria. The exchange is located in the carrier-neutral data center of MDXi, which will be AMS-IX’s commercial partner for AMS-IX Lagos. Meanwhile, AMS-IX will take care of the technical and operational management of the exchange. The partnership aims to consolidate MDXi’s role as a content hub not only for Nigeria, but also for Francophone and English-speaking West and Central Africa.
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AMS-IX Lagos is expected to become a crucial content hub for West Africa, enabling local and regional ISPs, carriers and Internet Exchanges to aggregate content from global content delivery networks, hosting companies and application providers. In the following months, MDXi and AMS-IX plan to seek alliances with local telecom operators and IXs and support local ecosystems.
The AMS-IX Lagos launch will begin with over 25 connected networks as AMS-IX and MDXi migrate and onboard the existing connected networks of West Africa Internet Exchange (WAF-IX). Cloudflare, Microsoft and Google are among the large CDNs and application providers already connected to WAF-IX.