Building African IXP Infrastructure: Progressing the Coalition for Digital Africa

The Internet Exchange Point (IXP) Development in Africa Initiative Launch
January 30
2:00 pm
 – 3:00 pm

The Internet Exchange Point (IXP) Development in Africa Initiative Launch

In Africa, too much Internet traffic has to travel too far, resulting in higher costs and slower speeds. Internet exchange points (IXPs) improve Internet access by keeping local traffic localized and, because of that, faster and more affordable. To be effective, they need engineers, service providers, content developers, and policymakers who share the belief that a strong, collaborative community can leverage the Internet ecosystem to improve connectivity and increase the value of the Internet for end users.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Internet Society invite you to join us on Monday, 30 January 2023, at 14:00 UTC, for a discussion on the ever-changing landscape of African interconnection and explore our new partnership to improve IXP infrastructure in Africa.

ICANN Interim President and CEO Sally Costerton, AF-IX Co-Coordinator Kyle Spencer, and our President and CEO Andrew Sullivan will share their thoughts about the future of peering and interconnection in Africa and how our partnership will help users across the continent.

About the Coalition for Digital Africa

The Coalition for Digital Africa comprises of governments, regional and international organizations, and the regional and local Internet community. Conceived by ICANN, the Coalition for Digital Africa is an alliance of like-minded organizations committed to building a robust and secure Internet infrastructure to bring more Africans online. More information is available at


ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. More information is available at

About Internet Society

We are a global nonprofit organization empowering people to keep the Internet a force for good: open, globally connected, secure, and trustworthy.

More information is available at