Thursday, October 19, 2017


Djibouti Telecom turns to South Europe to boost content traffic in Africa



New connectivity agreement to boost data travels across Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Yemen, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles.

Government-run Djibouti Telecom is readying to peer its IP traffic through French internet exchange operator France-IX.

The network operator is set to deploy in both France-IX’s IXPs in Paris and Marseille in a bid to enhance its network performance for its customers by decreasing latency on its IP network.

The France-IX Internet Exchange platform interconnects several hundreds of telecommunications operators, service providers and content delivery networks that have significant traffic in France.

This peering activity improves the accessibility and latency of Internet traffic exchanged between its members and thus improves the overall performance of the Internet for all users.

The new peering agreement is set to significantly shorten data travel distance and improve response times.

For the existing France-IX peering community, the new connection is deemed as a door opener that paves the way for additional customers.

“This is particularly the case for IaaS, PaaS and cloud services providers in general, based in Europe, for whom the quality of the connection between their infrastructures and the end users is paramount,” Djibouti Telecom said in a company statement.

Mohamed Assoweh Bouh, Director General of Djibouti Telecom, said: “In recent years, Djibouti Telecom has been able to actively benefit from its advantageous geographic location, the stability of the country and its modern infrastructure.

“Marseille, where Djibouti Telecom benefits from the landing of recent subsea cables Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) and South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SMW-5), in addition to its existing capacity on Europe-India-Gateway (EIG) and Seacom, is a natural destination for us and we are delighted to be also peering in Paris, with all the advantages that it will bring in terms of access to content and IP transit.

“This agreement will not only benefit our final customers but also a number of African service providers, network providers and carriers based in Ethiopia, Somalia, Yemen, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles that use Djibouti Telecom as a hub.”

Simon Muyal, Chief Technical Officer at France-IX, said: “This agreement is a major step for Djibouti Telecom, which is well positioned to support East-Africa’s digital transformation.”