Background of SOIXP
The Somali Internet Exchange Point (SoIXP) is the facility which keeps Somali Internet traffic in Somalia. It allows Somali Internet Service providers to easily exchange traffic within the country, without sending those messages to multiple international transit hops to reach the intended destination, it will also improve connectivity and services for their clients.
SOIXP is currently run and operated by the National Telecommunications Authority (NCA) temporarily until the Association of Telecom Service providers will be formed.
The idea of Internet Exchange Point is to gather and interconnect all service providers at one location using dynamic routing protocols, exchanging traffic destined locally at the exchange point without going through expensive International transit.
Before the SOIXP, local ISPs send traffic between them through international transit outside the country, through satellite links or submarine fiber, which the cost will be paid by the sender or the receiver ISP. With the IXP, all those costs are eliminated, freeing the international links from congestion, enhancing faster speeds of data and reducing costs and delays.
Advantages of connecting to SOIXP
In Somalia the cost of internet bandwidth is very high comparing the Kenya and Tanzania. While we acknowledge that this is partly contributed due to many factors, but dependence on expensive international links is one of them. Thus reducing it will make the price go down.
Currently all traffic goes to international links, thus making a percentage of local traffic exchanged locally will significantly reduce the price. This will also lead to creation of local content and increased innovation.
What We Offer
We host neutral, reliable, high speed network interconnection infrastructure complete with route servers, content provider networks and root DNS services. We allow both bi-lateral and multi-lateral peering. We provide monitoring, statistics and technical support.
To get connected, review our service offerings and follow the new participant guidelines.
Connected Networks and Traffic
5 Networks are expected to connected directly at SOIXP with a combined capacity of XX Gbps, and expected to increase
- To facilitate the improvement of ICT services at country level
- To induce a cooperation between service providers technically and exchange of ideas among stakeholders
- To manage the SOIXP in line with internationally accepted best practices