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On the Prevalence of Boomerang Routing in Africa: Analysis and Potential Solutions

  • Assane GueyeEmail author
  • Babacar Mbaye
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 249)

Abstract

When an African Internet user sends a message to a friend in another country in the continent, the data travels around the world (mostly Europe and USA) before coming back to the continent. This phenomenon is called boomerang routing at the continent level. The implications of boomerang routing include: higher cost, increased delay and increased information exposure. In this paper, we use active measurement data (ICMP traceroute) from 2015 and 2016 to empirically study the prevalence of boomerang routing in Africa by focusing on the implications on cost and delay. We also discussed possible improvements of the current African connectivity map to reduce boomerang routing, which will eventually translate into reduced cost and lower delays for end-users.

Keywords

Africa Boomerang ICT e-Trading Internet access cost Delay 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This work was partially accomplished under NIST Cooperative Agreement No. 70NANB16H024 with the University of Maryland. The authors thank Dr. Peter Mell (CSD/NIST) for his support (time and advice). The authors would like to thank Christopher Schanzle (ACMD/NIST) for his help in gathering the data.

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© ICST Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universite Alioune Diop de BambeyBambeySenegal
  2. 2.University of Maryland, College ParkCollege ParkUSA

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