Facebook and Google are much dedicated to a race in providing connectivity to more than 3.8 billion people around the world that are still unable to avail facilities of the Internet. Zuckerberg and his team are now building the internet exchange points (IXP) in Africa. They have terminated the project WiFi-delivering drones announced earlier this year. The new move initiated in participation with non-profit the “Internet Society”. The project is specially designed to develop the local internet infrastructure in the region.
The IXP is basically a data center having network switches in order to maintain traffic between various ISPs sharing the cost of providing the ecosystem. It is an issue that these IXPs are being established in countries with advanced economies and a significant amount of internet infrastructure. At least 58% of African countries have their own internet hub and only 42% is remaining to establish the supposed new infrastructure. This issue indicates that their traffic will be routed across borders using satellite or submarine fiber causing poor local connections.
The Internet Society and Facebook will work together to increase the number of IXPs and expanding the existing IXPs. It would enable them to meet the growing demand in Africa by promoting development, training, and community engagement. Facebook is one of the 500-plus members of the Telecom Infra Project. The project is the collaboration between Tech industry firms to enhance the development of internet infrastructure in rural areas.