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 direct interconnects;
- improved performance by bypassing potential traffic bottlenecks;
- 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. Carriers, Networks 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 internet exchange points such as AMS-IX and LINX for this precise reason.
Peer at NAPAfrica
NAPAfrica is a neutral, layer 2 Internet eXchange (IX) point, located in South Africa. It enables the exchange of large volumes of traffic between Network Service Providers (NSPs) via public peering. NSPs include local and international Carriers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Application Service Providers (ASPs) and Content Providers, among others.
Once connected to NAPAfrica, NSPs negotiate individual and multilateral peering relationships. NAPAfrica is open to all Network Service Providers. Because of its regional focus, the natural partners are those networks having a Point of Presence in Africa, however there are no restrictions regarding NSPs.