Free Internet peering a hit: Teraco

NAPAfrica, Teraco’s free and public peering facility, has welcomed MWEB as one of its major partners. MWEB is also the network provider for many content providers in South Africa.

Lex van Wyk, managing director at Teraco, said that from an initial exchange of 64Mbps, NAPAfrica is now reaching volumes over 300Mbps.

“With partners as substantial as MWEB joining the fold, I imagine growth over the next few months will match if not surpass the growth we have seen since launch,” said van Wyk.

“In the month since launch, NAPAfrica has effectively saved Teraco clients a combined R200,000 on their bandwidth usage.”

Derek Hershaw, CEO of MWEB ISP, said that they took the decision to support NAPAfrica because it is a free peering facility that aims to reduce ISPs operational costs and is hosted in a neutral facility.

“By simplifying the peering process and giving easy access to high speed, low-latency connections in an ISP neutral facility, NAPAfrica is reducing overall operational costs allowing ISP’s to stay afloat in the current economic conditions, and pass the overall savings on to their customers,” said Hershaw.

Lex van Wyk
Lex van Wyk

Open peering allows for partners to interconnect freely, reducing costs for them and their clients, increasing network redundancy and routing flexibility. However, a further opportunity exists for peering partners to now have the ability to share and freely onward sell services to new markets for which NAP provides the platform.

“Multi-lateral peering is unique to NAPAfrica in South Africa and offers partners access to an immediately visible and ever growing network of peers with just one peering session. With key network peering partners including WBS, Cell C, MWEB, and Web Africa to name a few we would like to invite other carriers, ISP’s and content providers to join us and enjoy free, open peering that will ultimately decrease the cost of internet transit and ensure complete simplification of the process,” said van Wyk.

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