NAPAfrica announced that it has reached a throughput of 20Gbps with more than 180 members across its locations in Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg. This makes NAPAfrica one of Africa’s largest Internet exchanges.
Established in 2012, NAPAfrica’s aim is to stimulate the development of a neutral Internet exchange and reduce IP interconnection costs and complexity in sub-Saharan Africa.
“We want to ensure that content is no longer sourced from Europe, but cached and available locally on the African continent,” said Lex van Wyk, CEO of Teraco: the home of NAPAfrica.
“Teraco gives clients access to the largest community of local and global content, undersea cable operators, sub-Saharan carriers, ISPs, and cloud operators,” he added.
Teraco and NAPAfrica are already home to many content delivery networks, including CloudFlare and Akamai.
Akamai has also recently undergone additional bandwidth upgrades to distribute more content locally.
“The benefits of connecting to NAPAfrica includes 100% free peering – no membership or port fees,” said van Wyk.