Global content on our doorstep as Akamai finds a home in Africa

Lex van Wyk, CEO of Teraco Data Centre Environments. Lex van Wyk, CEO of Teraco Data Centre Environments.

Teraco Data Environments, Africa’s first provider of vendor neutral data centres, has teamed up with local powerhouse Vox Telecom to bring Akamai’s global content to Africa’s doorstep.

Akamai Technologies is a leading cloud platform for media and content delivery, application performance, and Web security, delivering secure, high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere.

The Akamai node and infrastructure will be set up in Teraco and connected to NAPAfrica in Johannesburg.

By leveraging the Vox Telecom carrier network, and by being hosted in the most connected data centre on the continent, Akamai will now be able to deliver international content to local consumers at improved speeds at high end speed.  This marks a trend in global content service providors investing in African shores seeking to provide more cost-efficient internet content and access throughout Africa.  

“Providing African internet users with quality international content from a local node, cost effectively and at world-class download speeds, remains a challenge. Video-driven data is flooding the internet. However, with Akamai gearing-up through NAPAfrica and Vox Telecom, the internet market can now look forward to excellent improvements and benefits,” said Lex van Wyk, CEO of Teraco Data Centre Environments.

The Akamai infrastructure will provide access to key content from global providers, as well as access to an SSL certificate node. 

Van Wyk added that the days of African internet users envying the incredible download speeds of their international peers are numbered. “The addition of international content providers to NAPAfrica means that end users will be able to view video content without endless buffering, access international gaming platforms with a substantially quicker response and download software in a fraction of the time we have become accustomed to.” 

Commenting on the move, Christian Kaufmann, director of network architecture at Akamai Technologies, said: “Deploying our African node at Teraco forms part of our strategy to be a global provider of content delivery network services in Africa. Teraco provides the ideal environment for us. We have implemented a first-class internet exchange model, involving a stable peering platform with excellent infrastructure. Our presence in Teraco will ensure diversity of peers, lower latency, a saving on transit costs and we will be closer to the end-user in Africa.”

"Vox Telecom has always been committed to providing the best possible internet experience for all South Africans," says Douglas Reed of Vox Telecom. "This project is going to benefit end users by providing faster and more accessible downloads of important content. We're proud to be partnering with Akamai and Teraco to make this project happen.”

“It’s clear that international content providers choose to peer with NAPAfrica to create a larger diverse market place. The recent infrastructure partnership between Akamai, Teraco and Vox Telecoms is an example of the internet industry wanting to work together for the benefit of all”, concluded van Wyk.

About Akamai

Akamai is the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere. If you've ever shopped online, downloaded music, watched a web video or connected to work remotely, you've probably used Akamai's cloud platform.

Akamai helps enterprises accelerate innovation in the hyper-connected world by removing the complexities of technology so you can focus on driving your business faster forward. We enable enterprises to capitalize on market opportunities presented by trends like mobile and cloud while overcoming the challenges presented by security threats and the need to reach users globally.

The Akamai Intelligent Platform™ reaches globally and delivers locally, providing unmatched reliability, security and visibility into your online business.

About Vox Telecom

Vox Telecom Limited is a leading telecoms operator, providing voice, data and collaboration services to the southern African market. The Group competes in both the business and consumer sectors and has primary offices in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth as well as in Windhoek, Namibia. Vox Telecom, established in 1998, has established itself as one of the major players in the telecoms market and is the largest black-owned telecommunications company in South Africa.

As a licenced network operator, Vox Telecom provides a suite of comprehensive enterprise, SME and consumer telecommunications solutions that include alternative voice solutions, data access and ISP services, cutting-edge cloud services, a variety of PBX and video conferencing services, telephony management systems, faxing and text messaging applications.

About Teraco

Teraco is the first provider of resilient, vendor neutral data environments in South Africa. Clients benefit from the cost savings and improved resilience of securely housing their information systems and networking equipment in a colocation facility purpose-built and operated to global best practice by an expert organisation with an absolute focus on data centre technology and infrastructure.

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