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Network International renews partnership with Nigeria ’ s Polaris Bank driving financial inclusion

The collaboration with Network enables Polaris Bank to provide low-cost digital solutions on a secured platform , making customer acquisition and digital onboarding seamless . The strategic partnership agreement covers multiple product lines that will have a major impact on business generated by cards and other modes of digital payment , while also enabling financial inclusion and allowing the Bank to offer premium payment solutions to its customers .

Network International , an enabler of digital commerce across Middle East and Africa region , has renewed its partnership with one of Nigeria ’ s largest financial service providers , Polaris Bank to deepen financial inclusion and digital transformation .

The partnership is anchored on the provision of payments processing solutions and API gateway services which supports the Bank ’ s goal of offering self-service , digital channels that bring banking services closer to its current customers and prospects .
Polaris Bank will benefit from Network ’ s years of experience and expertise in comprehensive payment solutions for the African market , empowering the Bank with a future-ready micro-services architecture that allows for seamless integration to any number of advanced implementations , ensuring the maximum potential for creative revenue streams for the next decade .

AMS-IX , MDXi launch Internet Exchange AMS-IX Lagos situated inside carrier-neutral datacentre

AMS-IX , one of the largest Internet

Exchange operators in the world , and MDXi , an Equinix company , are pleased to announce that they launched a new Internet Exchange in Lagos , Nigeria . The new Internet Exchange , AMS-IX Lagos , is situated in the carrier-neutral data centre of MDXi , an Equinix Company . Under terms of the partnership , MDXi
Peter van Burge will serve as the commercial partner of AMS-IX and regional sales and marketing arm for AMS-IX Lagos . AMS-IX will run the technical and operational management of the exchange . AMS-IX Lagos aims to become an important content hub for West Africa , enabling regional and local ISPs , carriers , and Internet Exchanges to aggregate content from large global content delivery networks , hosting companies and application providers . In the coming months , MDXi , an Equinix Company and AMS-IX will focus on seeking alliances with local telecom operators and IX ’ s and supporting local ecosystems .
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AMS-IX Lagos will launch with over 25 connected networks as AMS-IX and MDXi onboard existing connected networks of West Africa Internet Exchange in the coming month . Connected networks at WAF-IX include large CDNs and application providers such as Cloudflare , Microsoft and Google Peter van Burgel , CEO of AMS-IX said “ We intend to add value to the local carriers and IX ’ s by attracting even more content players to the region and support the local connectivity community . This is a very exciting project for us as we see it as an important steppingstone for bringing low-latency affordable Internet available for the West-African region .”
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