ARC Telecoms has become the first business-focused telecoms company in SA to commit to open peering by establishing a connection at NAP Africa.
Open peering at NAP Africa allows Internet users – especially the price-sensitive small and medium business sector – to benefit from lower costs and greater network flexibility.
NAP Africa has interconnect nodes in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, and is a recent addition to SA’s Internet infrastructure.
It provides an alternative to the paid-for Johannesburg Internet Exchange (JINX) that has been the only IP interconnect point in SA since commercial peering started in 1996.
Open peering allows ISPs of any size to interconnect freely, reducing costs for their customers, increasing network redundancy and routing flexibility, and reducing the sometimes comically complicated zig-zag routing that voice and data traffic takes to get from point A to point B.
Steve Briggs, CEO of ARC Telecoms says, “While international bandwidth prices are falling steadily, local interconnect costs have not. NAP Africa is the start of a truly free and open peering regime in this country, which is crucial to SA’s ability to regain some measure of competitiveness in communications costs.”
Teraco is hosting the NAP Africa peering points in its Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban data centers.