US-based IPv6-native Internet backbone, Hurricane Electric has established its first Point of Presence on the African continent located at Teraco’s Isando JB1 data centre as it begins global expansion.
With the launch of this latest PoP, networks and Internet Service Providers will now have the opportunity to exchange IP traffic or “peer” with Hurricane Electric’s robust global network via Africa’s largest Internet eXchange Point (IXP), NAPAfrica.
According to Lex van Wyk, CEO, Teraco:“Hurricane Electric is excited to be expanding into Africa with our first Point of Presence and is well-positioned to meet the needs of the growing Southern African ICT sector,” said Mike Leber, President, Hurricane Electric. “Going forward, Hurricane Electric looks forward to opening additional sites to remain ahead of the incredible growth in IPv6 traffic in this emerging market.”
The new PoP will also provide businesses based within Southern Africa access to the company’s IPv4 and IPv6 network through 100GE (100 Gigabit Ethernet), 10GE (10 Gigabit Ethernet) and GigE (1 Gigabit Ethernet) ports and as a result, both new and existing customers will be able to experience increased throughput, reduced latency and improved reliability.
Hurricane Electric is connected to over 135 major exchange points and exchanges traffic directly with more than 5,400 different networks. As a result of this new PoP, Teraco’s clients will have direct access to Hurricane Electric’s network, which spans across the world. As a new partner, Teraco’s clients benefit from the cost savings and improved resilience of securely housing their information systems and networking equipment in a colocation facility that operates to global best practice.
In addition, clients will enjoy improved fault tolerance, load balancing and congestion management infrastructure capabilities in the delivery of next generation IP services.