Web hosting company Web4Africa says it is launching “The Nigerian Mirror Project” that will boost Internet download speed in Nigeria.
The Nigerian Mirror Project, which is physically hosted in Nigeria and reachable at mirror.ng, hope to drastically improve the download and availability of free & opensource software in Nigeria, the company says.
Mr Oluniyi Ajao, Managing Director of Web4Africa says, “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.” Web4Africa’s aim is to reduce the high cost by bringing free and open-source content closer to end-users in Nigeria, he says.
Another benefit of this project according to Web4Africa is low latency that is achieved “by bringing the content closer to the user, as we are doing in the case of the Nigerian Mirror project, 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, provided their Internet Service Provider peers openly at the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), according to Web4Africa.
According to the Nigerian technology company, 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, Web4Africa says adding that it is taking suggestions regarding which other Operating Systems and open-source software to mirror in Nigeria via email to admin (at) mirror (dot) ng
Commenting on the project, Mr. Muhammed Rudman, the Managing Director, Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), says that “IXPN, are delighted by this initiative from Web4Africa to localise 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.
According to him, “IXPN totally aligns with the Nigeria Mirror Project and we call on other organisations to emulate this kind of project, so as to build a better Internet ecosystem for our country.”