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SEACOM becomes African reseller of Amsterdam Internet Exchange

By , ITWeb
Africa , 18 Sep 2012

SEACOM becomes African reseller of Amsterdam Internet Exchange

Wholesale broadband provider SEACOM plans to expand its European connectivity to Amsterdam and will be the latest partner to join the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) reselling program.

Joining the program gives SEACOM the opportunity to make connectivity to the AMS-IX platform more easily available for African Internet companies, the company has said in a press statement.

Besides the partnership with SEACOM, AMS-IX also has the intention to establish an Internet exchange presence in East Africa to keep regional internet traffic in the area local.

SEACOM officials say AMS-IX is currently in discussions with the Kenya Internet Exchange Point (KIXP), which is operated by the Telecommunication Service Providers Association of Kenya (TESPOK), for close cooperation.

With the intention to build a professional Internet hub in East Africa, AMS-IX wants to contribute to the African Internet ecosystem.

“To have a good interconnection and Internet performance in the region, the setup of an Internet exchange hub is essential,” says Job Witteman, chief executive officer of AMS-IX.

“With our experience and knowledge we can make a valuable contribution.

“At the same time, we want to keep AMS-IX relevant for our members and customers. SEACOM has the services and connectivity to bring new unique networks from the African continent to Amsterdam, making it an important partner for AMS-IX,” adds Witterman.

SEACOM was the first company to build a broadband submarine cable system along the Eastern and Southern African coastlines, connecting to Europe, India and Asia.

Mark Simpson, chief executive officer of SEACOM, says: “By collaborating we can further enhance SEACOM’s value proposition and our goal to achieve a seamless African Internet experience.”

“AMS-IX will improve efficiencies through our infrastructure and will open up a large international Internet community to directly interconnect with our customers,” adds Simpson.

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