World of WarCraft, StarCraft, Diablo network peering in SA

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.

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