Called The Nigerian Mirror Project, and described as the first of its kind in the West African region, the mirror aims to drastically improve the download and availability of free & open-source software in Nigeria.
This project is a huge deal because it will, among other things, help bring down the cost of accessing bandwidth in the country, and reduce latency.
“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,” said Oluniyi Ajao, Managing Director of Web4Africa.
The mirror will be beneficial to developers using open-source programming languages and users of Linux Operating Systems in Nigeria, provided their ISP peers openly at the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN).
The mirror is presently hosting the full repositories of Ubuntu and CentOS (both Linux Operating Systems), as a well as Python Package Index (a programming language), in Nigeria.
The project has official recognition from CentOS and Ubuntu respectively as it has already been integrated into their official distribution network.
The mirror is physically hosted in Nigeria and reachable at www.mirror.ng
“We, at IXPN, are delighted by this initiative from Web4Africa 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,” said Mr. Muhammed Rudman, Managing Director, Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN).
He added, “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.”