Free Internet exchange surprise

The Internet Service Providers’ Association of SA (ISPA) has recently launched its Durban Internet Exchange (DINX), and to encourage new sign-ups the organisation has made the service free for the rest of the year.

Graham Beneke, chair of ISPA’s INX working group, said that there will be no port fees for DINX until the end of 2012, adding that there will also be no cross-connect fees at the Teraco hosted Durban Internet exchange.

DINX is the third ISPA Internet exchange, complementing the organisations’ existing Johannesburg Internet Exchange (JINX) and the Cape Town Internet Exchange (CINX).

Beneke explained that no traffic is exchanged at the DINX yet, but said that they have received five applications for the exchange since it was launched last week.

Traffic at the Cape Town and Johannesburg Internet exchanges has shown strong growth over the last few years. This growth, said Beneke, was thanks partly because of a growth in local content and locally hosted content distribution networks.

The latest traffic statistics show that ISPA members share over 5Gbps of traffic at JINX and over 2Gbps at CINX. This is up from around 2.5Gbps and 1.2Gbps respectively twelve months ago – a yearly growth of 100%.

Graham Beneke
Graham Beneke – Neology

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