Local internet providers will now save up to $1.5 million a year on international connectivity charges thanks to growth in internet exchange traffic in the country.

This announcement was made yesterday as the Kenya Internet Exchange Point (KIXP) officially launched the East Africa Data Centre. KIXP whose traffic capacity has grown four times since 2011 will own the first Tier 3 data centre in East and Central Africa.

Research conducted by Independent Strategy and Research Consultancy, Analysis Mason, found that the IXPs in Kenya and Nigeria had saved millions in telecommunications costs, raised additional revenues, accelerated local data exchange and encouraged the development of locally hosted content and services.

Improved access to local content has led to increased usage, subsequently helping increase the mobile data market by at least $6m per year in Kenya.

The report also revealed that KIXP has drastically reduced latency of local traffic, speeding data from 200-600ms (milliseconds) to 2-10ms on average.

There are four tiers of data storage worldwide but Africa has no dedicated Tier 4 facilities yet. The Tier 4 facilities provide the highest level of data security. EADC however, guarantees 99.98 per cent availability of data in order to qualify for its grading and becomes the first to reach these standards in East and Central Africa.

KIXP was previously hosted at Bruce House in the Nairobi CBD.

Counties going Smart
Elsewhere, since 2013 when the government decentralised its functions to the county governments,
efforts have been made to enhance efficiency of the county government by enrolling ICT in service delivery.

In a move to accelerate counties efficiency and effectiveness in public service delivery, the ICT Authority secured funding to support ICT readiness and deployment in identified projects. A total of $30 million from the World Bank has been secured to support the initiative, Kenya Transparency and Communications Infrastructure Project (KTCIP).





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