Summary: ISPA’s Johannesburg (JINX) and Cape Town (CINX) Internet Exchanges grow their number of members and the traffic exchanged at these peering points
In September 2009 The Internet Service Providers’ Association of SA (ISPA) announced that its Cape Town Internet Exchange (CINX) was live, allowing Internet service providers in the Western Cape to interconnect with each other.
Within a year, 16 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) were peering at CINX, exchanging in excess of 500Mbps of traffic during peak times.
The CINX peak traffic has now grown to well over 1Gbps, with 21 service providers (including Google) exchanging traffic at the peering point.
While CINX has shown remarkable growth over the last two years, the Johannesburg Internet Exchange (JINX) is still the most popular peering point in the country.
JINX members exchange close to 3Gbps of traffic during peak periods – up from 2Gbps less than a year ago.
Most of the large ISPs in the country have a presence at JINX and CINX, including Internet Solutions, MWEB, MTN Business, Vox Telecom, Neotel, TENET, iBurst, Web Africa and Cell C. The only high profile absentees are Telkom and Vodacom.
Durban currently does not have an independent Internet Exchange, but this is set to change soon.
ISPA is in the process of selecting a host for their Durban Internet Exchange (DINX), and they hope the facility will be operational before the end of 2011.