African Union launches Internet exchange point in Namibia

By Staff Writer

The African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Information Communication Technology (ICT) of Namibia launched an Internet Exchange Point in Namibia last week. The Internet Exchange Point will enhance intra-country routing and hence faster exchange of intra-country internet traffic in Namibia. The launch was presided over by the Namibian Deputy Minister of ICT, Stanley Simataa and the AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Dr Elham Ibrahim.

While making remarks, Simataa recognized the support by the AU and called upon the people of Namibia to safeguard the infrastructure for the betterment of their livelihoods. In the same development, the AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Dr Elham Ibrahim pointed out that, the newly launched infrastructure will lead to improved well-being, increased work productivity, support for innovation, and impetus for inclusive growth of the country and watered down the norm of thinking that ICT is about computers, mobile phones, and the internet.

Dr Ibrahim acknowledged that ICT can also be used to empower communities for communication, learning, and accessing services. The newly launched Internet Point in Namibia has been made possible through the African Internet Exchange System (AXIS) project and Namibia is one of the 22 AU member states that have benefitted from the capacity building support to facilitate the establishment of internet exchange points on the continent in addition to receiving equipment and services worth US$20, 000.

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