Internet peering traffic in SA: NapAfrica vs ISPA INX

Teraco Data Environments (Teraco) launched NapAfrica – a neutral, layer 2 Internet exchange (IX) point – in its Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban data centres in March 2012.

NapAfrica offers 100% free peering, with no membership or port fees. It also provides up to 10 Mbps of fibre last mile capacity to both JINX and CINX.

Teraco announced that it has seen exceptional growth of a homegrown peering exchange, NAPAfrica (IXP), over the past 12 months.

NAPAfrica currently has over 100 members across its exchange locations in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.

The IXP has a peering throughput of over 6Gbps and is the most diverse network exchange point in Africa. It manages over 3600 interconnects and that number is growing rapidly.

Lex van Wyk, CEO of Teraco Data Environments, says the predicted growth will result in a 100% increase in peering traffic during 2014 and will firmly position NAPAfrica as the fastest growing IXP in Africa.

NapAfrica peering clients include Cell C, Google, MWEB, Seacom, Web Africa, Nashua Mobile, Altech Autopage, BCX, iBurst and FNB Connect.

NapAfrica provides an alternative to the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) operated Internet exchange points – the Johannesburg Internet exchange (JINX), Cape Town Internet Exchange (CINX) and Durban Internet Exchange.

This raises the question how popular each of these exchanges are. The following 24 hour traffic graphs answer that question.

JINX vs NapAfrica Johannesburg

JINX’s traffic currently peaks at around 10Gbps, double NapAfrica Johannesburg’s peak traffic of around 5Gbps.

JINX traffic
JINX traffic
NapAfrica Johannesburg traffic
NapAfrica Johannesburg traffic

CINX vs NapAfrica Cape Town

CINX’s traffic currently peaks at around 3.5Gbps, significantly higher than NapAfrica Cape Town’s peak traffic of around 800Mbps.

CINX traffic
CINX traffic
NapAfrica Cape Town
NapAfrica Cape Town

DINX vs NapAfrica Durban

The DINX’s traffic current peaks at around 8Mbps, while NapAfrica Durban’s traffic peaks at around 15Mbps.

DINX traffic
DINX traffic
NapAfrica Durban
NapAfrica Durban

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