Summary: ISPA is in the process of selecting a Durban Internet Exchange (DINX) host, with Teraco and Internet Solutions the favourites; a launch date before the end of 2011 likely
In March 2011 the Internet Service Providers’ Association of South Africa (ISPA) invited qualified industry players to submit proposals for the hosting of its planned Durban Internet Exchange (DINX).
The Durban Internet Exchange (DINX), like the Cape Town (CINX) and Johannesburg (JINX) Internet Exchanges, will enable local ISPs to save costs by interconnecting their networks and exchanging traffic. All ISPs in Durban, not just ISPA members, will be able to peer with DINX.
“CINX and JINX both process massive volumes of traffic with more than 30 ISPs peering with JINX and 16 peering with CINX. With Internet traffic volumes surging in Durban in recent years there is a clear need for the city to have an Internet Exchange of its own,” said ISPA GM Ant Brooks.
“Once DINX goes live, ISPs in Durban will be able to enjoy benefits such as improved performance for traffic within the city, cost-savings and an extra layer of redundancy from the DINX,” said Brooks.
Brooks told MyBroadband that they are in the process of selecting a DINX host, with the main candidates being Teraco and Internet Solutions.
Brooks added that they would definitely like to see DINX up and running by the end of this year (2011).