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African Internet eXchange System (AXIS)


Geographical area
Regional Africa


Implementation period
May 2011 - December 2018
Total duration
92 months

Total budget
5,400,000 EUR
Contribution breakdown
  • Luxembourg Government
    300,000 EUR
  • Fonds fiduciaire UE-Afrique pour les Infrastructures
    5,100,000 EUR

Mid-term evaluation

The AXIS project aims to support and facilitate the establishment of an African Internet infrastructure, national and regional Internet Exchange Points (IXP) as well as continental Internet carriers, by providing capacity building to Internet community stakeholders, technical assistance to regional Internet exchange points and policy and regulatory reform at regional level.

To this end two series of 30 capacity-building workshops are being organised, one dealing with organisational arrangements and best practices of IXP, the other dealing with technical set up and administration of IXP. The project also provides kick-off financial support to the peering of Internet service providers at regional level.

The development of information and communication technologies is for the economic and social development of sub-Saharan Africa. As one of the flagship projects, AXIS falls under the African Regional Action Plan on the Knowledge Economy.

The project is co-funded by the EU–Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund and the Government of Luxembourg and it is implemented by the African Union Commission via a delegation agreement from LuxDev.

External link to the project page on the website of the African Union Commission.