What is NAPAfrica?
NAPAfrica is a neutral, layer 2 Internet eXchange (IX) point, located
within each Teraco data centre facility in South Africa. Instead of costly
multiple direct links, a single peering point allows multiple networks
to interconnect using an exchange environment.
In today's broadband market of exploding traffic
volumes, network and content providers peer to
exchange their traffic in order to achieve:
- reduced costs in local bandwidth;
- reduced latency with simplified routing and
- improved performance by bypassing potential
- increased resilience by offering convenient
multiple network connection options;
Connectivity and content requirement options
within Africa and between Africa and the rest of
the world are growing. Network and Content
Providers are reaping the benefits of colocating
within neutral data centres which offer access to
exchanges where traffic can be exchanged easily and
for free. Vendor neutral locations throughout the world have
become popular interconnected locations for exchange points
such as AMS-IX, LINX and JPNAP for this precise reason.