DFA donation to boost JINX backbone capacity

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Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) has signed an agreement with INX-ZA, which will see the wholesale connectivity provider donate fibre to the Johannesburg Internet Exchange (JINX).

The DFA donation will specifically provide JINX with redundant no-cost, high-speed fibre between the Isando and Parklands internet exchange point location. It will also enable JINX to make use of wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) technologies, radically enhancing the exchange’s backbone capacity.

“DFA is building the infrastructure and skills necessary for South Africa to fully participate in the digital revolution,” said Thinus Mulder, CEO of DFA.

“As a community initiative, JINX is the lynchpin upon which the successful digital transformation of South Africa rests. We identify with their values of community and cooperation. It is for this reason that we are especially pleased to make our donation.”

Historically, one piece of fibre counted as one link. The agreement between DFA and JINX will see WDM technologies essentially transforming a single link into almost unlimited network capacity. This means JINX can now easily and independently manage its own capacity between these sites.

“This is a substantial donation by DFA that will thrust JINX into the next technology bracket. We look forward to other leading fibre providers also donating connectivity solutions to promote further enhancements at South Africa’s INXes,” added INX-ZA committee member Prenesh Padayachee.

“Infinite bandwidth means that there’s infinite opportunities for Africa’s oldest Internet Exchange. That’s incredible and very good development for Africa’s digital future.”

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