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MTDS launches Morocco’s first Internet Exchange Point IXP

April 06, 2017
MTDS launches MARIX, the first Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Morocco.  Active since the end of 2016, this new infrastructure based in our data center allows our MTDS Internet and hosting customers to directly connect locally to all three licensed telecommunications networks.  Currently in Morocco, the three telecommunications networks are not interconnected meaning that national traffic between them is being passed through Europe.  This wastes international bandwidth, exposes Moroccan Internet users unnecessarily to eavesdropping at the European Internet exchange points, and generally makes the Moroccan Internet slower and less secure.  The MTDS network is connected to all three Moroccan networks and uses intelligent routing techniques to make sure that all traffic takes the quickest and the shortest route to its destination and Moroccan traffic stays in Morocco.   Through MARIX, we want to allow networks to interconnect directly, via the exchange, rather than through one or more third-party networks. The advantages of the direct interconnection are numerous, but the primary reasons are cost, latency, and bandwidth. For more information we invite you to check: