ShowMax to peer its content locally on Seacom’s servers in Kenya to cut transit costs

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ShowMax has partnered with SEACOM, to host ShowMax caching servers in Nairobi, allowing for peering to take place with local internet service providers (ISPs).

According to ShowMax’s Head of Distribution Mike Raath,“The net effect of placing caching servers in Nairobi is that customers can pull video content from much closer to home, which means faster response time and less buffering. This move also lays the groundwork for further expansion in East Africa as we continue to rollout ShowMax in new countries.”

In addition to delivering an improved customer experience, this agreement also brings benefits to local ISPs in the form of lower costs.

“By peering with local ISPs, they’ll now be able to get ShowMax content directly rather than having to pay transit costs from servers based thousands of kilometres away. This is yet another way we’re working to make sure that ShowMax is the internet TV service listening to the needs of consumers and partners in Africa,” he added.

Last year November, ShowMax partnered with NAPAfrica in Johannesburg to reduce latency and network hops, which ultimately means faster response times, fewer buffering events and a better overall customer experience. ISPs should also benefit from this move through reduced transit costs.