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African content will fast forward connectivity growth

[Johannesburg, 22 April 2014] - There's a new wave of growth on the horizon for African Internet companies and it's being driven by an innovative worldwide phenomenon called remote peering. NAPAfrica - Africa's fastest growing neutral internet exchange point (IXP) – is the first African exchange to offer remote peering and has access to the largest global exchanges such as AMS-IX, LINX and DE-CIX. The service has already been snapped up by the likes of Seacom, Liquid Telecoms and New Telco.

This is according to NAPAfrica's business development manager Michele McCann. McCann describes remote peering as being the same as traditional peering (connecting two entities to share routing and cost benefits), except that it's virtual and remote, saving even more on physical infrastructure and equipment.

This approach, which extends the life of an IXP, makes sense from a financial and performance perspective according to McCann: "Peering provides sufficient benefits such as control over routing, lower latency, lower packet loss, and greater visibility. It also drops the unit price of transit, making it a far more appealing interconnect strategy."
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African content will fast forward connectivity growth

Last updated : 22 April 2014


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