West Africa's First Mirror Project Is Making Open-Source Software Easier To Access In The Region

Leading web hosting company Web4Africa, has announced the launch of the Nigerian Mirror Project, which is bringing free and open-source content closer to end-users in West Africa through servers physically hosted in the country.

Web4Africa is a pan-African web hosting company and ICANN Accredited Domain Name Registrar, offering Web Hosting and related services to clients worldwide from data centres across Nigeria and South Africa, peering openly at the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) and the Johannesburg Internet Exchange (JINX).

Access to bandwidth in Nigeria is expensive compared to most parts of the world, and a major contributing factor is the high cost of international transit. This is made worse by the fact that most of the content consumed by Nigerian Internet users is generated outside the country making most bandwidth access essentially international.

The Nigerian Mirror Project aims to drastically improve the download and availability of free & open source software in Nigeria by bringing the content closer to the user, meaning that the user experience is greatly enhanced with faster downloads.

Developers using open-source programming languages and users of Linux Operating Systems in Nigeria are among the direct beneficiaries of this project, with the full repositories of Ubuntu and CentOS (both Linux Operating Systems), as a well as Python Package Index (a programming language) integrated as the official distribution network in Nigeria.

“We at IXPN are delighted by this initiative to localize popular open-source content. It is the first of its kind in Nigeria. We commend them in their effort toward local Internet data hosting, which is the best way to drop the cost of Internet access while improving user experience. IXPN totally aligns with the Nigeria Mirror Project and we call on other organizations to emulate this kind of project, so as to build a better Internet ecosystem for our country” Muhammed Rudman, Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) Managing Director

“This project, in addition to the immense benefits it brings to the Internet ecosystem in Nigeria, is one of our ways to give back to the local Internet community and is only a first step,” says Oluniyi Ajao, Managing Director of Web4Africa.