Teraco has announced that the NAPAfrica Internet Exchange Point (IXP) is now ranked in the top 15 largest global IXPs.
NAPAfrica is located within Teraco’s vendor-neutral data centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and is the largest IXP in Africa.
Global IXP rankings are determined in terms of unique ASNs or peering members across the IXP, and Teraco’s Andrew Owens said NAPAfrica connects to over 350 ASNs servicing 16 countries.
“Several NAPAfrica members claim that as much as 80% of their traffic is peered at the exchange,” said Owens.
“This significantly lowers transport costs across the southern continent and enables clients to offer a better service at far more competitive prices.”
Teraco said that the development of infrastructure and the growth of the NAPAfrica IXP has allowed South Africa to benefit from improved Internet offerings.
“In the eight years since the start of NAPAfrica, sub-Saharan Africa has benefited from local and international content from leading providers such as Akamai, Cloudflare, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Microsoft, and Amazon.”
Owens said NAPAfrica will continue to upgrade its infrastructure, as Internet traffic in Johannesburg and Cape Town continues to rise – reaching 400Gbps and almost 100Gbps respectively.