What South Africa’s Internet actually looks like

great stuff!

afterfibre.net may be useful to fill in the fibre in africa gap
 
Actually the digram is not fully accurate in that it gives a flat as opposed to heirachical/ overlay view.

What it omits is that Internet traffic goes to a Broadband Remote Aggregation server (at which authentication, authorization & accouting takes place). That node is actually an IP level node in per region, and from there it goes over IP to an internet peering/ transit node which can be local or international. The diagram needs to distinguish between the IP layer (Internet layer) and the transmssion (fiber/ ME) layer, as it inaccurately conflates the two.

What about public WiFi? Where do the 3G & LTE networks plug in (hint GGSN & PGW)?
 
So if I look at all these cables I can't help but wonder why the benefits of having them isn't more obvious...?
 
Actually the digram is not fully accurate in that it gives a flat as opposed to heirachical/ overlay view.

What it omits is that Internet traffic goes to a Broadband Remote Aggregation server (at which authentication, authorization & accouting takes place). That node is actually an IP level node in per region, and from there it goes over IP to an internet peering/ transit node which can be local or international. The diagram needs to distinguish between the IP layer (Internet layer) and the transmssion (fiber/ ME) layer, as it inaccurately conflates the two.

Thinking the same... went looking for suitable pics/diagrams but work is interfering with my MyBB time!
 
Very very nice article.

My only nit-pick: In the first graphic, not all content comes via a data centre. Some will be peer-to-peer.
 
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