The Johannesburg Internet Exchange (JINX) is now a regional Internet exchange point (IXP) for Africa.
INX-ZA, the African Union, and the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services made the announcement at iWeek 2016.
AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy Elham Ibrahim said South Africa will host one of eight regional IXPs supported by AU grants.
She said the launch of regional exchanges will eliminate the need to send local Internet traffic to overseas exchange points.
This saves on transit costs and reduces the latency of local African traffic.
INX-ZA is an autonomous division of the Internet Service Providers’ Association of South Africa that runs exchange points around the country.
Graham Beneke, chair of the INX-ZA management committee, said with the support of the African Union grant, JINX will be able to reach markets through the SADC and Africa.
This will support the growth of Internet traffic volumes across the region.