INX-ZA announced that Durban has become the first South African city to get a multi-site Internet exchange point.
This is thanks to a public private partnership between INX-ZA and the Ethekwini Municipality.
According to INX-ZA, having multi-site Internet Exchanges lowers the operating costs for Internet service providers (ISPs) based in Durban.
It also increases the quality of the experience for Durban users, especially when accessing websites hosted locally in Durban.
Internet exchange points lets ISPs interconnect their networks, which INX-ZA said gives users faster connections and more efficient access to online services.
Historically, Internet exchanges in South Africa have been limited to a single location, requiring ISPs using the exchange to have infrastructure connecting to that location.
Now, with the support of the Ethekwini Metro and Internet Solutions, INX-ZA has been able to extend the Durban Internet Exchange (DINX) in Riverhorse Valley, to a second location in Umhlanga.
“The extension of DINX makes it easy for Internet companies who already have infrastructure in Umhlanga to connect to peers at the existing DINX location,” said INX-ZA manager Nishal Goburdhan.
“Peers at the new site will have the same peering experience and will be able to be directly linked — at no additional complexity — to all existing, and future DINX peers.”