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Asteroid announces its second Internet Exchange Point in Kenya, to be deployed via iColo Nairobi data center


Asteroid International has announced that it is partnering with Data Centre firm iColo to expand its Kenyan internet exchange services from Mombasa to Nairobi.

The Internet Exchange Point (IXP) provider has been working with iColo since 2018, operating iColo’s Mombasa internet exchange point at iColo MBA1 since early 2020. 

The new internet exchange point in Nairobi is scheduled to be operational in early Q3 2021. 

“iColo is currently the only carrier-neutral facility provider present in both Mombasa and Nairobi. We’re pleased to reinforce our collaboration by launching our new IXP in their data centre in Nairobi (NBO1) which will add up to the diversity of peers spanning from service providers to financial services institutions to enterprises” said Remco van Mook, CEO at Asteroid. 

Launched in August 2017, iColo NBO1 houses a total capacity of 280 racks while accommodating 825 KW of IT power. Any NBO1 tenant owning their own autonomous system number (ASN) will be able to exchange traffic via the Asteroid Nairobi IXP by requesting and using 1Gbps, 10Gbps or 100Gbps ports.

An internet exchange point is basically a local access point where networks, including internet services providers and content providers, interconnect in order to exchange their traffic at better costs and in a more resilient and rapid way.

Ranjith Cherickel, CEO at iColo said internet exchange points are a key brick in the wall of flourishing communities. ”The improved interconnectivity they bring enables businesses to provide their own services in a more efficient and performing manner.” 

“We have seen first-hand the positive impact that the Asteroid IXP has made in consolidating a community and building local traffic in Mombasa and we look forward to the same effects in Nairobi,” he added 

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