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Nigeria, Ghana Move to Localize Internet Content

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Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) has provided link with Ghana Internet Exchange Point thereby making it the first of such interconnection in the sub-region, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek has learnt.

An Internet exchange point (IXP) is a physical infrastructure that allows several Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and network operators to exchange traffic between their networks, generally referred to as autonomous systems, by means of mutual peering agreements, which allow traffic to be exchanged at no cost.

Reacting to this feat achieved by IXPN, Mohammed Rudman, managing director, IXPN, told Nigeria CommunicationsWeek that the link between Nigeria Internet exchange point and Ghana Internet exchange point was achieved last week and that with the interconnection of the two exchanges, internet traffic among the two countries will now be exchange locally without it having to go to Europe and come back.

“The linking of Nigeria Internet Exchange with Ghana’s Internet Exchange will save the two countries foreign exchange and cost as internet traffic between internet service providers in the two countries will be exchanged within the region as against the previous situation when such traffic will have to go to Europe before coming back to the region.

“This was achieved as a result of a well-articulated growth strategy and vision to be the leading IXP in Africa and a one stop company to service and content providers across Nigeria and beyond,” he said.

Nigeria CommunicationsWeek investigations revealed that the submarine fibre linking the two exchange points is ACE fibre provided by Dolphin Telecomms.

It was also gathered that Medallion Data centre is hosting the server designated for the link on Nigeria side while National Information Technology Agency of Ghana Data centre is hosting the country’s side of the server.

Ike Nnamani, chief executive officer, Medallion, said that linking the two exchange points is the first of its kind in the region and a good initiative aimed at reducing latency between the two countries as well keep African content local.

“We expect in near future for other internet exchange points in the sub-region to be linked so that we can keep the regional traffic within the region without it having to travel to Europe before coming to its destination in the region. Such interconnection will help our educational institutions in sharing of information as most of them are connected to their countries internet exchange point,” he added.

Organizations that connect their networks to an IXP benefits from reduced reliance on expensive international transit for exchanging local traffic between themselves, and improved efficiency of their operations and communications. Not only will this reduce transport costs and network latency, but will also ensure faster access to local content because local traffic is exchanged locally, rather than through one or more third party networks including international links. This exchange of traffic between networks at an IXP is known as ‘peering’.
 

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NITDA to Blacklist MDAs not Running Website on .gov.ng

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National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said any government agency or ministry not running its website on Nigerian domain name, .gov.ng, will be blacklisted.

 

Dr Ali Isa Ibrahim Pantami, NITDA director general in a statement made available in Abuja, added that most of the agencies still run their websites on generic top level domain (gTLD).

 

According to Dr Pantami, NITDA has observed the disregard to the use of .gov.ng domain in transaction of government business despite previous warning.

 

The DG said the agency would henceforth ensure strict compliance stressing that government business transactions should be carried out in the country’s code top level domain of the Nigerian government (ccTLD.ng)

 

However, for easy compliance, he said NITDA would henceforth approve request for .gov.ng within 24 hours, with the provision of special purpose phone numbers coupled with regular evaluation of agencies sites.

 

He said: “Furthermore, .gov.ng domain names are free with no rental or renewal cost attached. We therefore call on all MDAs and service providers to support government on the scale on the scale of ease of doing business.” (Daily Trust)

 

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Swift Networks Launches Customised ICT Solutions for SMEs

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Swift Networks Limited, Nigeria’s leading broadband services provider has launched a suite of information and communications technology products customized to support Nigerian SMEs.

 

These bundled solutions will reduce cost and give small businesses better control of their operations to drive efficiencies and growth.

 

To operate under the sub-brand of SWIFT SMARTBusiness Kit,these all-in-one service bundles will consist of all the office and home connectivity, hosting and bespoke business software solutions available to small businesses in the market today.

 

“SWIFT SMARTBusiness Kit continues in SWIFT’s tradition of demystifying and simplifying technology to help unlock Nigeria’s abundant potentials so that people can achieve more in their daily undertakings”, enthused Mr. Charles Anudu, managing director of SWIFT.

 

“SWIFT SMARTBusiness Kit is user friendly and will resolve the problem of small businesses dealing with multiple vendors who often present them with conflicting solutions that are not future-proof. With our solution, SMEs will obtain all their ICT solutions from a single trusted service provider with probably the industry’s best of customer care team on one monthly bill”, according to Mr. Chukwuma Okoye, chief operating officer of SWIFT.

 

“And because we are sure that our target small businesses will like this solution, SWIFT SMARTBusiness kit will come with a 30-day money back guarantee with no questions asked if the customer is not satisfied with the solution.”

 

He further added that “for the early birds, we shall throw in a free home internet access for the business for as long as the subscription is current.”

 

A sample SWIFT Business Kit solution will consist of office (and free home) internet, web and e-mail hosting, attractive business and international travel voice call rates, a la carte business software modules for sales, accounting, customer relationship management, inventory management and human resource management.

 

A customer can start with a basic plan and either add or drop modules as the business evolves. This is because our solutions basket are well aligned and future-proof.

 

SWIFT SMART Business Kit is specially targeted at businesses in the professional services, eCommerce, traditional retail, educational, healthcare, hospitality and cottage industries.

 

The services will be distributed directly through SWIFT’s customer centres as well as those of its online and off-line channel partners. It will also be supported by a professional field sales team from SWIFT.

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Gates Foundation Open-source Tool Enables Digital Payment Interoperability

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The new Mojaloop software, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is available, free-of-cost, for software developers to adapt and banks, financial service providers and companies to implement.

Mojaloop is said to be the first model that can help extend interoperability from mobile money providers to any bank, merchant or government institution in a way that specifically meets the needs of the poor. It reduces the complexity and cost of building all-inclusive payment platforms.

Kosta Peric, deputy director, Financial Services for the Poor at the Gates Foundation, says just as the Internet revolutionised digital communication, open source solutions like Mojaloop can spark innovation, democratise access to digital payments, empower billions of new customers, and drive massive economic growth in developing markets.

“Interoperability of digital payments has been the toughest hurdle for the financial services industry to overcome. With Mojaloop, our technology partners have finally achieved a solution that can apply to any service, and we invite banks and the payment industry to explore and test this tool,” Peric adds.

Mojaloop (from the Swahili word ‘moja’ which means ‘one’) was created by the Gates Foundation’s Level One Project, which aims to build inclusive payment models to benefit the world’s poor.

It was created in partnership with fintech developers Ripple, Dwolla, ModusBox, Crosslake Technologies and Software Group, using technology such as the Interledger Protocol, a solution for settling funds among multiple providers across their individual systems.

The Mojaloop development project also brought together four mobile systems companies – Ericsson, Huawei, Telepin, and Mahindra Comviva – to develop an Open API for mobile money interoperability. These APIs will allow mobile money providers to integrate seamlessly with Mojaloop and products built from it.

It was designed to ultimately serve as a model for national payment switching systems that, for example, enable an individual’s digital wallet to connect with an employer’s bank account and her children’s school account to complete monthly transactions.

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