In a significant development for the Internet and Internet users in Sierra Leone, leaders from business, government, and the national Internet community gathered in Freetown last week to launch a new Internet exchange point (IXP). The new facility, know as the Sierra Leone Internet Exchange, or SLIX, will allow Internet service providers to interconnect and exchange local data traffic within the West African country rather than over international links. This will promote more efficient, resilient, and less costly connectivity by improving local Internet performance and reducing international bandwidth costs.
The Sierra Leonean chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC) is spearheading an effort to create a comprehensive national information and communication technology policy for the country. ISOC Sierra Leone, which is comprised mainly of IT experts in the country, believes that the more there is a formal IT sector, the more reforms would be achieved in pursuit of national development.