Content delivery networks (CDN) allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to serve content faster and cheaper to their subscribers by bringing the content closer to local broadband users.
CDN servers are often hosted on the ISP’s own network, which means that their subscribers are served content which previously came from international server from the ISP’s local infrastructure.
With the addition of the Akamai CDN, MWEB now has three prominent content delivery networks on its network.
MWEB ISP CEO Derek Hershaw said that they are proud to have Akamai CDN, Level 3 CDN, and other caching servers on its network.
Open peering further boosts performance, says MWEB
Hershaw further highlighted the benefits of free and open peering in South Africa. “Peering, which essentially establishes data-fetching short cuts through direct links into other networks, helps deliver a faster and more stable user experience,” said Hershaw.
“MWEB is a long-standing champion of open, settlement free peering and believes peering to be essential in moving the South African Internet landscape forward.”
Hershaw told MyBroadband that they currently peer with all the major telecoms players in South Africa, which reduces the cost of delivering broadband services to end users.
“The content that MWEB makes available to consumers, including news portals and rich media content such as gaming and live streaming, contributes to a world-class Internet experience for all South Africans,” said Hershaw.
“Open peering is common practice with large networks internationally and although it is still new to the South African market, we are already seeing local users on other networks taking advantage of it. We have noticed that content consumed on our network by other ISP’s users has more than doubled in the past few months.”