The NAPAfrica Internet Exchange is in discussions with Blizzard to peer at Teraco’s points of presence in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban.
Peering is defined as a voluntary interconnection of different networks, which allows the connected networks to exchange traffic freely.
Blizzard peering at a local Internet exchange would allow Internet providers in South Africa to connect directly to the network of the game developer.
Without peering, an Internet service provider needs a transit provider to route traffic to and from Blizzard’s network. Such transit providers typically charge to move traffic across their networks.
Speaking at the MyBroadband Cloud & Hosting conference, Michele McCann – the head of business development, interconnection, and peering at NAPAfrica – said it was easier to list the big international networks that don’t peer than those that do.
McCann went on to list three big networks: Blizzard, Limelight, China Cache.
McCann said Blizzard would not only look at South Africa, but the whole sub-Saharan region.
Blizzard is keen, she said, as the steady improvement in Internet access speeds and penetration in the region has made it easier to justify peering on the continent.