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MottoCreated to reduce connectivity costs
Formation2006; 18 years ago (2006)
FounderNigerian Communications Commission (NCC)
  • 8th floor,NCR building, No 6, Broad Street,
  • Marina ,Lagos
Key people
  • Chima Onyekwere (Chairman)
  • Muhammed Rudman (CEO)

IXPN (Internet Exchange Of Nigeria) is a neutral and not-for-profit Internet exchange point (IXP) founded in 2006 by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in partnership with the Internet Service Providers Association Of Nigeria[1] (ISPAN). Among other things, IXPN was created to reduce connectivity costs in millions of dollars in offshore internet bandwidth payments,[2] reduce latency from 900 milliseconds to 30 milliseconds for local content, serve as the central point for connecting Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) towards the development of National Research and Educational Network (NREN). As at April 2020, IXPN is the 5th largest IXP in Africa by number of peers, and 3rd in Africa by traffic according to Packet Clearing House’s IXP directory[3]


The first attempt at an IXP in Nigeria - Ibadan Internet Exchange (Ib-IX) - was in 2003. This was a layer-2 infrastructure, precisely, a 24-port 10/100Mbit/s switch and a route server with two Ibadan based ISPs – SKANNET[4] and Steineng Ltd- as members. The maximum recorded traffic between these two ISPs was 690kbit/s. It existed for just about six months but was able to demonstrate to ISPAN members that an IXP was feasible in Nigeria.

In November 2005, during former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s presidency, an IXP setup committee was constituted. The members of this committee were drawn from NCC, ISPAN, Medallion Communications,[5] Interconnect Nigeria Ltd[6] and so on. In early 2006, the Board of NCC, approved a proposal to partly fund the setting-up of Internet eXchange Points in Nigeria. Later that year, IXPN started operations from NECOM House (Marina, Lagos) as its main location; with sub-locations at Victoria Island, Lagos, Ikeja,[7] Lekki[8] Port Harcourt, Abuja, Enugu and Kano.


  1. https://allafrica.com/stories/200207090185.html
  2. Admin (2016-12-09). "IXPN Saves Nigeria N2Billion Yearly from Foreign Internet Traffic Hosting". AP News Nigeria. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  3. "Internet Exchange Directory | PCH". www.pch.net. Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  4. https://services.skannet.com.ng/
  5. http://www.medallioncom.com/index.html
  6. https://interconnectnigeria.com/
  7. admin (2015-02-04). "Rack Centre, IXPN Ink Deal to Provide Enhanced Internet Exchange Point". Rack Centre. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  8. "IXPN pairs up with MDXi to improve Nigerian transit traffic". www.datacenterdynamics.com. Retrieved 2020-05-04.

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