What is an Internet Exchange Point (IXP)?

The Internet is a global system of interconnected networks – essentially a network made up of many, many other networks.

An Internet Exchange point or IXP is a set of physical infrastructure (routing and switching equipment, etc.) where enterprises, network operators, CDN’s and cloud services providers interconnect in order for Internet traffic to be exchanged between themselves and others who are connected to the exchange. The primary role is to keep local Internet traffic within local infrastructure. Benefits include lower network costs, reduced latency and better bandwidth by avoiding data routing through upstream Internet service providers.

What is Peering?

Peering is a process by which two Internet networks agree to connect and exchange traffic. It allows them to directly hand off traffic with one another, without having to pay a third party to carry that traffic across the Internet for them. Peering is distinct from transit, the more usual way of connecting to the Internet, in which an end user or network operator pays another, usually larger, network operator to carry all their traffic for them.

Remote Port Operators

Remote Peering is peering at an Internet Exchange without needing to be physically present.

A fundamental shift in peering practices is Remote Peering (RP): networks may establish remote or indirect peering connections at IXPs, either over a ‘long cable’ (owned or leased) or over resellers that provide both IXP ports and Layer-2 access.

Who is Peering at NAPAfrica?

Below is a detailed list of clients peering at NAPAfrica, including AS Numbers (ASNs).

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Below is a detailed list of clients peering at NAPAfrica, including AS Numbers (ASNs).

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