Recently-launched Netflix SA makes use of the Teraco-funded NAPAfrica Internet exchange in Johannesburg to ensure local viewers receive smooth video streaming when using the service.
Teraco’s Michele McCann said all Netflix content will be peered off the NAPAfrica IXP in a similar way Microsoft and Google use the exchange, according to a report by ITWeb.
Teraco said the technical details of the content delivery cannot be shared for security reasons, but it ensures there is as little delay as possible when serving content.
“A few years ago, watching a video in SA would take forever because of buffering. Similarly when a Facebook user wanted to upload pictures to the network, they often had to leave them to load overnight,” said McCann.
“Now [Facebook through Akamai] makes use of NAPAfrica, which gives users a much faster experience.”
After the announcement of Netflix’s local launch was made, McCann said traffic on the exchange rose by 2Gbps.