Staff Writer, mybroadband
March 11, 2013
Teraco Data Environments has announced that it is now connected with the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), which interconnects over 550 IP networks globally.
Through a choice of AMS-IX approved carriers connected to Teraco’s peering service NAPAfrica, this development will bring Africa substantially closer to Europe in terms of connectivity.
Teraco added that this development will also provide opportunities for European carriers to connect across Africa.
“African Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can now tap further into global carrier networks through vendor-neutral peering at NAPAfrica. This will help to offer local consumers access to high speed connections at a dramatically reduced cost,” said Lex van Wyk, CEO of Teraco Data Environments.
Job Witteman, CEO of AMS-IX, said that the Teraco and AMS-IX connection provides exciting opportunities through reduced rate connections between Europe and Africa.
“By peering at NAPAfrica in Teraco, we are able to broaden our own horizons into the African continent and allow African parties to access more than 550 IP networks at our exchange,” said Witteman.
Better peering through Teraco’s NAPAfrica.
Van Wyk said that Teraco’s NAPAfrica peering facility makes peering cheaper and simpler. There are currently over 60 peers live at NAPAfrica with access to over 21 local and international carriers.
“Teraco offers the choice of both multi-lateral and bi-lateral peering which then helps all members to connect to the exchange based on what is preferable to their business,” said van Wyk.
“Teraco is the most connected data centre facility in Africa already offering connectivity to major international carriers including SAT3/SAFE, Seacom, WACS and EASSy.”
Most big telecoms players have a presence it Teraco, including Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, Telkom, Neotel, Broadband Infraco and fibre infrastructure provider, Dark Fibre Africa.