Netflix data is getting cheaper and faster for South Africa internet service providers

Community-run South African internet exchange operator INX-ZA has announced a significant change to the way internet service providers access Netflix content on its platform.

INX-ZA said the South African Network Operators Group (ZANOG) recently changed the Netflix Open Connect model from “Embedded Open Connect Appliances” to “Routerless IXP”.

The Routerless Internet Exchange Point (IXP) is a new model that Netflix is ​​rolling out worldwide.

The result is that INX-ZA’s Cape Town and Durban internet exchange peers now receive Netflix content locally instead of picking it up in Johannesburg.

This allows ISPs in Cape Town and Durban to save costs, which could be passed on to the consumer.

INX-ZA said it embarked on a massive content player that helped boost peering and traffic at JINX, CINX, and DINX.

Internet service providers have previously explained to MyBroadband that the availability of international content on local peering sites has significantly reduces the cost of bandwidth in South Africa.

They said bandwidth has become essentially free and service providers only have to recoup their investment costs such as links to peering points and ports on switches.

With this explosion of data available at local Internet exchange points, fiber ISPs in South Africa can offer uncapped and unshaped services without strict fair use policies.

A major driver of open peering in South Africa has been Teraco’s launch of its NAPAfrica internet exchange point.

NAPAfrica offers free peering as long as you have a link to one of Teraco’s data centers.

As of Tuesday, August 23, 2022, NAPAfrica reported peak throughput of 2,472 Gbps across its three exchange points in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

INX-ZA peaked at the end of April at 671 Gbps through JINX, CINX, and DINX.

Prenesh Padayachee, ISPA INX Committee Chairman

Although smaller than NAPAfrica, INX-ZA is community-run and has been running since 1996, when it served a few megabits per second through JINX.

“What is more amazing than the exponential growth of INXs, which is supporting the economy, is the fact that the Johannesburg Internet Exchange (JINX), Cape Town Internet Exchange (CINX) and Durban Internet Exchange (DINX) n have never had a minute of downtime in 26 years,” said ISPA INX Committee Chairman Prenesh Padayachee.

INX-ZA said its goal is to keep internet traffic local to reduce costs and improve latencies.

He said the strength of South Africa’s local peering was proven in 2020 when it helped ensure that breaks in two different submarine cable systems had a limited impact on local Internet users.

INX-ZA operates multi-site, data center-independent Internet exchange points for the benefit of Internet consumers as an independent operating division of ISPA.

ISPA members regularly contribute to the INX. Recent examples include dark fiber donations, the organization said.

“It remains vital that INX-ZA is able to attract the right volunteer talent,” the organization said.

“In this regard, INX-ZA recently accepted nominations to the organization’s management committee.”


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