NSE transitions to a new broker network

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NSE CEO Geoffrey Odundo
NSE CEO Geoffrey Odundo

The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) has successfully transitioned to a new state of the art broker connectivity solution powered by Safaricom.

The Software-Defined Wide Area Network commonly referred to as SD-WAN, replaces the pure Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) network that has been in use since 2011. SD-WAN is a virtual Wide Area Network (WAN) architecture that allows businesses to leverage any combination of transport services, including MPLS, Long Term Evolution (LTE) and broadband internet services – to securely connect users to business applications.

The network interconnects the NSE, the Central Depository and Settlement Corporation (CDSC) and all the Trading Participants in the market to offer higher trading platform availability. The SD-WAN will be transformational for the market as it will reduce connectivity costs to the brokers by approximately thirty percent (30%), ensure higher uptime and performance and increase network security.

The NSE is leveraging on Safaricom’s experience and excellent service support to ensure a stable, secure, and resilient network infrastructure for securities trading.

 “The transition to the SD-WAN Network is in line with our corporate strategy to offer best in class services to our customers. The success of our business is underpinned by the use of innovative and efficient technology. The new network will reduce the lags and delays that may be experienced during trading, enhancing performance and overall service support to the market,” NSE CEO Mr. Geoffrey Odundo, noted.

On his part, the Chief Executive of the CSDC, Mr. Nkoregamba Mwebesa reiterated that the SD-WAN solution offers network stability, agility, and resilience with enhanced information security capabilities while reducing the cost of connectivity for all stakeholders.

“The adoption of this solution further augments Kenya as a preferred investment destination in the region and the continent as a whole. As the network offers lower costs of connectivity and higher availability, the NSE is poised to see an increase in trading activity and a better customer experience by its stakeholders,” Mr. Mwebesa said.

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