Cloudflare, an American company that offers content delivery network services, DDoS mitigation, Internet security and distributed domain name server services has extended its internet exchange (IXP) presence to Nigeria. The global CDN company has now entered Lagos with a secure facility colocated and interconnected to one of the primary undersea cable operators along with a full connection to both the local Internet Exchange (IXPN) and the newly announced WAF-IX Lagos exchange.
“With every data center we add, local users not only connect faster and more reliably to sites proxied by Cloudflare, but our global DDoS mitigation becomes stronger and more robust.
“Instead of serving Nigeria from Europe (London, Lisbon, etc), content can be delivered locally from Lagos,” said a blog post by Cloudflare.
If you familiar with Cloudflare, then you will know that this is a big news for all content producers in Nigeria. Cloudflare’s services sit between the visitor and the Cloudflare user’s hosting provider, acting as a reverse proxy for websites.
Lagos is CloudFlare’s 155th city, among the others across the world. The company is making use of the MDXI datacentre in the Lekki axis of the Lagos megalopolis.
Lagos is well served by undersea cables that reach northwards to Europe and south towards South Africa. In fact every African west coast undersea cable lands in Lagos Nigeria.
- ACE (Africa Coast to Europe))
- Glo-1 (and Glo-2)
- NCSCS (Nigeria Cameroon Submarine Cable System)
- WACS (West African Cable System)
While most of these cables are pumping bandwidth from North to South (i.e. Europe to Africa); some are now being used for inter-country connectivity at the IP backbone level. WACS has Nigeria, Angola, and South Africa connected. MainOne has Ghana and Nigeria connected, etc.
CloudFlare’s ASN is already one of the most peered in the world with its presence on almost 200 IXPs. In Africa, CloudFlare already peers openly on multiple IXPs across
- Cairo, Egypt
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Djibouti, Djibouti
- Durban, South Africa
- Johannesburg, South Africa
- Luanda, Angola
- Mombasa, Kenya
- Port Louis, Mauritius
Nigeria is not the only country in West Africa Cloudflare will be operating in, the CDN company also announced plans of extending its IXP to Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ghana.