The African Union Commission (AUC) has launched an Internet Exchange Point in Namibia, donating equipment and services worth $20k as part of a concerted effort to bring greater efficiency and serviceability to the routing of intra-country traffic.

The setup of the physical infrastructure for the exchange point was executed by the African Union’s Infrastructure and Energy Department, in collaboration with Namibia’s ICT Ministry.

An AU statement read: “With this development, the ICT Sector in Namibia has every reason to celebrate for a new era of localised, cost effective and secure Internet traffic.”

The project has been conducted under the umbrella of the African Internet Exchange System (AXIS) project, which the commission had so far expanded to cover capacity building support in 22 member states, including Namibia, in the establishment of Internet exchange points.

The launch was presided over by Stanley Simataa, the Deputy Minister of ICT of Namibia and Dr Elham Ibrahim, the AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy.