Epsilon partners with NAPAfrica to offer remote peering in South Africa

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Epsilon entered into its first internet exchange partnership in Africa with NAPAfrica to deliver peering services to its customers.

Delivered through its software-defined networking (SDN) platform Infiny, Epsilon customers can access NAPAfrica directly via the remote peering service, without a physical presence at the internet exchange points in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

“Africa represents a massive opportunity for businesses looking to penetrate a fast-growing market with enormous potential for digitalisation,” said Mark Daley, director of digital strategy and business development at Epsilon.

“Our partnership with NAPAfrica enables us to deliver on-demand access to key internet hubs in sub-Saharan Africa which will allow businesses to peer efficiently with local and regional partners.

“NAPAfrica is an excellent addition to our global network fabric as we grow our remote peering capabilities. We’re excited to be working with NAPAfrica and bringing our customers into the peering community within Africa.”

Leveraging NAPAfrica IXP, customers can peer with over 430 unique networks (ASNs) across 20 countries in the southern African region. 

In March 2020, NAPAfrica reached 1Tbps of peak traffic, growth of 1884x from its first recorded traffic of 532Mbps in 2012.

“Our partnership with Epsilon will enable more organisations across the globe to peer directly with their customers and partners in Africa,” added Andrew Owens, technical lead at NAPAfrica.

“With Epsilon’s global reach, we see this as a great opportunity to add value to our existing partners and increase the number of peering options for our community.

“This partnership is another milestone for NAPAfrica as we establish ourselves as the internet hub for sub-Saharan Africa. We look forward to working with Epsilon to grow our peering community and accelerate our contribution to the internet ecosystem across the region.” 

According to TeleGeography, Africa has experienced the fastest international internet bandwidth growth compared to any market in the world between 2015 and 2019 at a compound annual growth rate of 45%.