Joburg internet exchange in milestone expansion
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE Johannesburg Internet Exchange (JINX) has expanded for the first time in 20 years following an agreement between INX-ZA and a leading web hosting company and data centre operator, Hetzner.
The partnership has seen INX-ZA, an autonomous division of the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA), extend the reach of JINX beyond the Rosebank facility to Hetzner’s vendor-neutral and fully-redundant data centre in Samrand, near Centurion in Gauteng.
The JINX multisite launch follows last month’s launch of a Durban Internet Exchange (DINX) multisite.
“This speaks to South Africa’s growing status within the global Internet community,” said Nishal Goburdhan, INX-ZA Manager.
Hetzner’s Data Centre Park is located close to major fibre routes and telecommunications infrastructure, enabling effortless interconnects, lower latencies and better performance when connecting to the Internet exchange point.
“We’ve always been a big supporter of open peering with other network operators which is why we’re thrilled to be part of this initiative,” explained Juan van Zyl, Hetzner’s data centre operations manager.
Internet exchange points enable internet service providers to interconnect their networks so domestic Internet users benefit from faster connections and more efficient access to online services.
The Johannesburg exchange point has provided continuous, uninterrupted services to users since June 1996.
JINX began as a project of the ISPA and is now independently managed by INX-ZA which currently operates the only community-run, public Internet exchanges in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.
– CAJ News
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