Virtual Peering Series – Africa#7: Franchise vs Homegrown IXPs

2 February 2021
13:00 – 15:00 UTC

There are many approaches to establishing and running an Internet Exchange Point today including Home-grown initiatives, Franchise deployments, “Powered by” solutions, Government mandated projects as well as Turnkey IXPs.

The objective of this session was to provide a balanced discussion on the possible benefits and the drawbacks of the different approaches to the establishment and management of IXPs, allowing the audience to draw their own conclusions on what best fits their local peering environment.

The first 1.5hrs was dedicated to the theme of the day followed by a 30-minute interactive social event for participants on “Gather Town” online platform. The social event was designed to promote networking, collaboration, and partnership.


Hisham Ibrahim

Community Engagement and Development Manager, RIPE NCC


Luc Missidimbazi

Posts, Telecommunications and Digital Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Congo Republic

Marco Brandstätter

Regional Director Middle East & South Asia, DE-CIX

Michele McCann

Head of Interconnection and Peering, Teraco Data Environments

Muhammed Rudman

CEO, Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN)

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Remco van Mook

CEO, Asteroid

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Nishal Goburdhan

Internet Infrastructure Analyst, Packet Clearing House (PCH)

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