Google’s local network presence

Google South Africa has been very quiet about its infrastructure plans in South Africa, and has to date only said that “Google invests heavily in technical facilities around the world, and is constantly on the look-out for additional locations to ensure low latency and great performances to users across the globe.”

It is however common knowledge that Google already has Google Global Cache (GGC) servers in South Africa – hosted in an Internet Solutions hosting facility.  For some time the company has been serving Google based content like YouTube videos to users on the TENET network.

As far back as early 2009 WITS University, one of the tertiary institutions on the TENET network, said that Google had established a presence in South Africa, and “accessing YouTube and Google Video is now a local experience.”

It has also recently emerged that some form of locally hosted Google search facility, available at, is live.

A Google spokesperson has now confirmed that Google has a network presence in South Africa, as it does in many other countries around the world, to try and ensure the best possible performance of Google services for users in local regions. 

“Search, YouTube, Gmail and Google’s other services are however hosted on Google’s global infrastructure, which can be delivered from multiple locations around the world, and we don’t have any changes to announce at this time. We work hard to provide the best possible experience for users, whatever ISP they use, and wherever they are in the world,” Google said.

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