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Teraco gives NAPAfrica a speed boost

Lex van Wyk

Lex van Wyk

Teraco has increased the speed and capacity of its Internet exchange point (IXP), NAPAfrica, by making a “significant investment” in a new, programmable switching platform from Arista Networks.

The migration comes four years after the initial launch of the IXP and is based on the growth of and demand for content across the African continent, Teraco said in a statement on Monday.

Teraco CEO Lex van Wyk said NAPAfrica carries over 140Gbit/s in traffic and has over 200 members, including the likes of Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Akamai and CloudFlare.

“Given its vital role, migration to a more robust network with Arista was a natural progression and logical approach. The Arista platform supports port speeds of up to 100Gbit/s and we anticipate deploying our first ports in November,” Van Wyk said.

Arista Networks senior vice president of global operations and marketing said Africa is considered a key market for expansion for the US-headquartered company.  — © 2016 NewsCentral Media

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