The Internet Service Providers’ Association of South Africa (ISPA) has announced it will extend its existing waiver of port fees for the Durban Internet Exchange Point (DINX) until the end of June 2013.
This move is intended to strengthen the use of the DINX by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for peering, thus driving down network costs within the greater Durban area.
Internet exchange points are physical locations, or ports, that allow separate networks to connect with each other.
ISPA commissioned the DINX in September 2012, complementing its existing points in Johannesburg (JINX) and Cape Town (CINX).
These Internet exchange points allow networks to route local traffic locally, without having to use expensive transnational backhaul facilities. In this way, Internet exchange points promote “peering”, the direct interconnection of two networks without transit costs being incurred.
ISPA is seeking to build support for local peering in Durban, by extending the current port fee waiver at the physical site of the interconnection.