Connecting the World with Internet Exchange

neuCentrIX - 14/06/2022 10:00

Today, many places need excellent infrastructure to handle current internet data exchange. Without them, it will be tough for countries to have fast and wide internet coverage.

Many developing nations find it hard to access the internet infrastructure. It makes them have a wide connectivity coverage gap. Still, countries can adopt many ways to ensure that they access the internet faster. So, we’ll cover the details about the current connectivity gap in developing nations and how to reduce it.

Current Connectivity Coverage Gap in Developing Nations
In today’s developing countries, the connectivity coverage gap in developing nations is 66%. Coverage is among the other two intervals, usage, and consumption, leading to low digital connectivity.

The coverage gap shows that the latest digital items and technology are absent in many third-world nations. According to the Alliance for Affordable Internet, the price of a low-end smartphone of about 42 USD is more than 80% of most people’s income in third-world nations. The numbers aren’t good in these nations, but here’s how to reduce the space.

How to Deal with the Gap    
As of 2018, over 600 million people lived without internet access. Most of these people come from developing nations. This number is far from the UN's sustainable development goal, which targets worldwide and cheap internet access. Here’s how these nations can help deal with the connectivity coverage gap.

1. Creating the Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)
The IXPs of the developing nations can depend less on the international internet bandwidth. It will be through ensuring that the countries’ domestic data traffic is high.

If there are many IXPs, the internet service providers will charge less, and the data exchange speeds will be high. Also, more internet exchange points reduce the time to retrieve data. This aspect reduces the connectivity coverage gap in developing nations that use international bandwidths.

2. Developing Colocation Data Centers
Colocation data centers are crucial in developing the digital world. These data centers have computers with much storage space and great processors that help through data distribution.

Also, the colocation data centers can be in small storage devices and even giant spaces where servers are on other equipment like racks. The physical space secures the ever-growing data using high industrial standards.

Remember, it’s rare for the colocation data centers to shut down. They have fast and smooth internet access because of being related to many IXPs. So, if any developing nation has many colocation data centers, the coverage gap will be small.

3. Many Cloud "On-ramps”.
Cloud platforms with extraordinary computing abilities and improvements, make it easy for data processing. The on-ramps clouds give a private connection between the providers and data centers.

The cloud “on-ramps” allows clients to interact with providers overseas in these developing nations. When a country has many such clouds, expect more internet exchange rates, thus reducing the connectivity gap.

4. Make the Spectrum Available and Affordable
It’s never easy for people in the low- and middle-income nations to access the internet because it’s not affordable. Users find it costly to pay for mobile data in these countries.

So, people prefer to buy mobile data in small amounts instead of the monthly huge data amounts. Also, internet smartphones sell at a high price. But if mobile data and the phones become cheaper, expect many people to use the internet.

Both the developed and developing countries should enjoy fast and smooth internet speeds. That’s not the case in today’s tech world. This connectivity gap in third-world nations shows they have less internet exchange infrastructure to aid in easy internet access. Governments can use ways like creating IXPs and many colocation data centers to ensure higher internet connectivity.