[New Podcast] A Conversation With Nurani Nimpuno From The London Internet Exchange (LINX) On The Importance of Internet Exchange Points & The New LINX Nairobi Internet Exchange Point.

In an increasingly digital-first world, connections mean everything. This was underscored vividly in my recent conversation with Nurani Nimpuno, the Head of Global Engagement at LINX, on the Pure Digital Passion podcast recorded on 13th September 2023. In this insightful episode, we delve into the intricate world of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) and explore what LINX’s foray into Nairobi signifies for the region’s digital landscape. Before you tune into the rich conversation, let me set the stage with some vital context about LINX and their groundbreaking venture in Nairobi.

LINX: An Architect of Global Connections.

Tracing back to its humble beginnings in 1994, LINX, a pioneer in fostering internet connections, has grown into a mammoth entity connecting nearly 1000 networks globally. Its journey from a small ensemble of UK-based ISPs to a global nexus reflects its monumental efforts in revolutionizing internet access and connectivity. Now, extending its expansive 950-network global membership to Nairobi, LINX brings along its rich industry experience and world-class engineering to foster a digital ecosystem that’s poised for growth.

Nairobi: The New Frontier.

Nairobi stands as a vibrant hub in East Africa, pulsating with digital potential. LINX’s entry into this dynamic market, marked by its inaugural presence at the IXAfrica Data Centre and Africa Data Centres NBO1 facility, is not just a business move; it’s a step towards knitting Kenya more closely into the global digital fabric.

In our podcast, Nurani shares insightful perspectives on why Nairobi is a vital cog in East Africa’s digital ecosystem. She paints a vivid picture of a city burgeoning with digital opportunities, boasting fast-growing fibre connectivity that extends throughout the region and reaches across continents to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Peering into the Future with LINX Nairobi.

As LINX crafts a future-proof interconnection platform in Nairobi, it’s essential to highlight its recent partnership with Africa Data Centres. This collaboration is set to amplify the telecom sector’s growth, with Nairobi morphing into a hotspot for hyperscalers and cloud services.

Nurani and I navigated through the intricate terrains of internet exchange points, peering agreements, and the burgeoning digital market in Nairobi and the broader East African region as well as the Pan-Africa market. This conversation serves as a great starting point for anyone looking to understand the seismic shifts in global digital connectivity and Kenya’s and East Africa’s evolving role in it.

As you gear up to listen to our conversation, keep in mind that this is more than a dialogue; it’s a glimpse into the future, a future where Nairobi stands as a central node in the global digital network, facilitating seamless connections and fostering unprecedented growth.

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