Liquid Telecom Wins Tender to Host Kenya Internet Exchange Point


Liquid Telecom Group has scored a major client in the country after one of its subsidiaries, East Africa Data Centre was chosen to host the KIXP (Kenya Internet Exchange Point). KIXP was established in 2002 as a peering point for the country’s ISP’s and is now the largest internet exchange point in region. It has served an important role even as Kenya’s internet use has exploded. This includes eliminating the need for multiple hops when local ISPs need to exchange internet traffic, reducing congestion on international links, speeding up data, and reducing costs.

A tender processor initiated by TESPOK (Telecommunications Service Providers Association of Kenya) attracted 7 bids with East Africa Data Center winning the tender.

The KIXP is on the road to becoming the regional internet exchange point for East Africa and its choice of the East Africa Data Center will play a big part into its plans.

“KIXP’s confidence in us confirms the quality of our offering. By keeping African data within the continent we are all helping to build Africa’s digital future.” – Dan Kwach, General Manager The East Africa Data Centre.

The two organizations been working on migrating ISPs and their infrastructure to the new location since 1 December 2013. This process is expected to conclude on 14 February 2014. Affected parties have been provided with the detailed migration plan to avoid service interruptions.