Independent network exchange Africa.INX has gone live, offering competitive connectivity rates, independence and freedom of choice for ISPs and users.
Since its launch in October 2009 the company has been very successful, offering connectivity to service providers at significantly reduced rates on an internationally recognised, best-practice, fully redundant network.
By providing a lower cost to entry into the South African ISP industry, Africa. INX is effectively breaking the stranglehold incumbent telecommunications operators have traditionally held over the market.
The company is currently working with smaller-scale ISP providers on a business proposition that can rival recent uncapped ADSL offerings by competitors.
With a number of local players already onboard and the establishment of a fully redundant network running to schedule, Eduard du Plessis, Africa. INX CEO, confidently states: “Africa. INX will, without doubt, revolutionise the market, and has been taking great strides since going live on 1 April.”
The company has a number of service partners, including Juniper, BT, Telkom, Neotel, Teraco and various international tier-one SPs to ensure that South African and international clients alike receive a world-class carrier service. Africa. INX has employed Juniper standards and technology across the board with the development of its network and has redundancy systems in place for north/south and east/west long-haul circuit failures – a feat, which until recently, had not been accomplished even by South African tier-one ISPs.
In order to attain full compliance with international ISP standards, Africa. INX has developed a fully redundant network. This has been achieved by establishing dual connections into two different London-based tele-housing facilities using the SAT3 and Seacom submarine fibre optic cable systems.
As the network terminates into two separate data centres in London, Africa. INX created two separate data nodes for redundancy. From these data nodes, the network again connects redundantly into tier-one ISPs and also extends globally from here via international NNI (network-to-network Interface) agreements offering SA-based customers the flexibility to connect their customers’ MPLS networks to almost any location in the world.
On South African shores the system is equally comprehensive. Du Plessis explains: “Africa. INX has established two separate data nodes in both of the major business centres in South Africa, Johannesburg and Cape Town. These nodes are connected through the newly developed Africa. INX metro Ethernet networks, which also provide fibre to the business. This simplifies the process of establishing a cost-effective high-capacity link into the network.
"Above and beyond the stipulated criteria within our initial roll-out plan, we have also established data nodes in both Port Elizabeth and Durban. Durban is redundantly connected into the two separate data nodes located in Johannesburg, while a similar system has been employed to redundantly connect Port Elizabeth into the Cape Town system.”