Internet service providers have made a strong case for Kenyan companies to host their websites locally, saying that they stand to benefit from fewer down times in cases where the international connection links are severed.
The ISPs through their umbrella body,
Hosting websites locally is also expected to make it much faster for Internet users to access content or receive mails sent from within the country, TESPOK argued.
Currently a person using an ISP hosting its data offshore means that an email sent across the street—for example from an office in
"We are urging local firms such as ISPs, telecos, banks and media houses that are still hosting their contents offshore to do it here as it will enable them to access the data at faster speeds and improved access to local content has led to increased usage," Fiona Asonga, Tespok CEO said.
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Most ISPs have previously preferred to host their data abroad to benefit from economies of scale of international firms with bulk clients compared to local data centres. They also enjoy enhanced legal documents protection abroad.
TESPOK also manages the
In February, the
"We are delighted to now see the KIXP furnished in the region's top data centre with scope to expand as fast as it needs to in keeping pace with internet use in
Ms Asonga also urged organisations that have not yet routed their traffic through the KIXP to do so and maximise the cost and delivery gains from the local Internet exchange point.
Other than the KIXP, the East Africa Data Centre also hosts banks, both local and international mobile operators.
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