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Africa Data Centres partners with INX-ZA in SA for remote peering

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Africa Data Centres has announced a partnership with INX-ZA to offer remote peering in South Africa.

INX-ZA is a division of the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) of South Africa and operates a fully neutral, community-run Internet exchange point (IXP) in SA.

Through this partnership, the companies are bringing free peering from any of Africa Data Centres facilities to INX-ZA's Johannesburg Internet Exchange (JINX) – the oldest IXP in the country – as well as its Cape Town Internet Exchange (CINX).

"Bringing remote peering to the table is just one more way Africa Data Centres is helping customers reap the benefits of peering at INX-ZA without having to build and manage their infrastructure in Europe," Africa Data Centres CEO Tesh Durvasula said in a statement.

He explained that instead of setting up a point of presence to access Internet exchanges, customers can now connect directly to them using existing infrastructure.

"Having this ability not only reduces capital expenditure and complexity. Deployments can be achieved in a matter of minutes rather than months."

He said that the introduction of remote peering also lays the groundwork for more businesses to peer at IXPs around the world.

"It is a faster and more cost-effective way to access a wide range of IXPs, reducing the number of suppliers and general network costs. Connectivity can be managed simply, without the expense of purchasing physical port or having to deploy equipment at each exchange point," Durvasula added.

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In September 2022, Africa Data Centres teamed up with the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), to add a point of presence to IXPN members within the new Eko Atlantic City.

This followed recent builds in South Africa and Ghana as the group plans its African expansion with data center builds expected in ten of Africa's largest economic capitals.

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