In 2001, the Uganda Internet Exchange Point (UIXP) was set up with three initial participants in Kampala in a small room in the parking garage of an office block provided by the national regulator, the Uganda Communications Commission. Since then, UIXP has grown to 8 members with about 150Mbps of peak traffic.
Migration from a Layer 3 to a Layer 2 architecture took place in 2012 with support from an ISOC community grant. The project was started in January 2012 with the installation of a power backup system. This involved replacing the 800va inverter + 100ah battery, that had served for over 10 years, to a new 3kva inverter and two 100ah batteries. As a result of this upgrading, UIXP has been able to continue operations for months without any power outage despite frequent power cuts, thus paving the way for installation of more equipment.
WIth a donation from OSI, hardware for the route server was installed and commissioned in 2012 with both IPv4 & IPv6 peering enabled. Orange Uganda, which offered bandwidth & technical configuration to the UIXP, had launched IPv6 services during the week previous to the UIXP installation and was subsequently the first to peer with the new route server on IPv6.