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 Monday, January 24, 2011

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has commissioned the country’s first internet exchange point, aimed at reducing the cost of internet services nationwide, IT News Africa reports. Executive vice chairman of the NCC, Eugene Juwah, said that the Lagos-based Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) would save the country USD20 million in offshore internet bandwidth payments in the first year alone, by keeping domestic internet traffic within Nigeria. ‘At IXPN, we are committed not only to the development of a national internet infrastructure, but increasingly an infrastructure that will span the entire African continent, Europe, America, Asia and the entire world,’ commented Chima Onyekwere, chairman of the IXPN board. Plans are reportedly underway to commission further exchange points in the country’s six geopolitical zones.

Source: TeleGeography