Written by Nico Tshintu Bakajika
Launched in November 2012 KINIX has undergone a slow and progressive maturation process crowned in April 2018 by a significant improvement in quality, reliability and sustainability in the provision of service to the community.
Historically KINIX is the first phase of the DRC-IX project initiated by the Internet Service Provider Association-Democratic Republic of Congo (ISPA-DRC) to endow the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with a national non-profit, community-based and neutral IXP.
Currently KINIX provides services such as local peering between local networks, remote peering between local networks and content delivery networks like Google, Facebook, and other added value services in partnership with suppliers like PCH. To make routing robust, KINIX encourages local networks to establish bilateral peering with PCH. The positive consequences of the provision of these services is the increase in the number of peers directly impacting the increase in traffic volume, with max graphs exceeding the 2 Gbps cap. By counting the current connection requests, in less than a year the traffic volume will exceed the Max of 4 Gbps. This result makes KINIX one of the best non-profit, neutral IXP in Africa, deriving from the practice of the principles of good governance under the tutelage of ISPA-DRC and also the involvement of all members.
In addition to its traditional role, KINIX has a significant influence on the development of other major players in the local and regional Internet ecosystem, in this case digital transport and the content industry. More the Internet Operators opt for optic fiber to connect to KINIX and also link their different BTS in order to offer the best quality of services to their customers, resulting in the increase of the number of kilometers of the optical fiber covering the Kinshasa city. On the basis of the demand for connection from countries bordering on the Democratic Republic of Congo, digital carriers anticipate deploying optical fiber to ensure cross-border digital transport.
The viability, reliability, and sustainability in providing service KINIX is at the basis of a strong demand for content and applications hosted locally by many developers and companies whose applications are hosted mainly in the European, American and Asian countries. But the lack of hosting infrastructures like the neutral Datacenter is a handicap to the emergence of the local content industry.
In addition, after having lived the experience of KINIX, the Internet operators are asking for the implementation (as soon as possible), of the two other phases of the RDC-IX project, respectively in Lubumbashi and Goma, in order to offer the best quality services to their customers. Currently, the challenges for ISPA-DRC are the implementation of the other two phases of DRC-IX and advocate for the construction of neutral data centers. Starting from the geographical situation of the Democratic Republic of Congo on the continent with its nine bordering countries, the realization of all phases of DRC-IX would contribute to the interconnection of Internet networks at national, regional and continental levels; thus contributing not only to the development of the national Internet ecosystem, but also of the continental Internet ecosystem. Endowing countries with data centers will enable the local content industry to develop, by the simple fact that this would not only contribute to the repatriation of local content hosted abroad whose requirements in international bandwidth make their access very expensive for the vast majority of end users; but also to the creation of new local content.
We are happy to announce that Asteroid have joined the Euro-IX membership. With a focus on local interconnection, Asteroid only builds IXPs where there is a demand. The result is a scalable model and the latest technology to deliver cost-effective IXPs.
For more information on Asteroid, check their website here