Djibouti Telecom has signed a contract with France-IX to peer its IP traffic through France-IX’s IXPs in Paris and Marseille.
With this agreement, the government-run network operator enhances its network performance for its customers by decreasing latency on its IP network. This is possible thanks to a direct traffic exchange with other networks and on-demand content providers via a 10Gbps Port at each IXP. For Djibouti Telecom’s network customers, this will deliver a significant improvement in quality of service with faster and more stable access to a large amount of French-language content.
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. In addition, it allows members to exchange value added services on the basis of an optimised network infrastructure.
For Djibouti Telecom's IP transit services customers, the connection to France-IX opens up an alternative route and allows them to optimise their traffic. For some destinations, it can significantly shorten data travel distance and improve response times. For the existing France-IX peering community, this new connection paves the way for additional customers and allows them to offer their services under satisfactory technical conditions. 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.
“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,” explains Mohamed Assoweh Bouh, Director General of Djibouti Telecom. “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.”
“This agreement is a major step for Djibouti Telecom, which is well positioned to support East-Africa’s digital transformation. France-IX has a growing African membership in both Paris and Marseille and Djibouti Telecom has become the first member with its head-quarters in the African continent to connect in both cities at the same time,” explains Simon Muyal, Chief Technical Officer at France-IX.