The Johannesburg Internet Exchange (JINX) has received a donation from Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) in the form of fibre.

While at first that doesn’t seem like much of a donation, the fibre enables JINX to make use of wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM).

For a very simple explanation, WDM allows for the splitting of a white beam of light into the colours that make up the white light. The technology requires a specific cable, transmitters, receivers and a de-multiplexing device.

What this means is that one fibre link could contain a near infinite amount of capacity as each wavelength of light is separated into its own lane.

The long and short of this however is that WDM technology gives JINX more bandwidth and more control over how that bandwidth is used. The link will connect the Isando and Parklands exchanges, enhancing JINX’s backbone in the city.

“This is a substantial donation by DFA that will thrust JINX into the next technology bracket. We look forward to other leading fibre providers also donating connectivity solutions to promote further enhancements at South Africa‚Äôs INXes,” said INX-ZA committee member, Prenesh Padayachee in a media statement.

For the folks at home wondering how this improves their lives, more bandwidth means exchanges like JINX are able to access online content faster when users request it at home.

For network operators this means lower costs, a more stable network and the ability to make broadband more affordable,

“DFA is building the infrastructure and skills necessary for South Africa to fully participate in the digital revolution. As a community initiative, JINX is the lynchpin upon which the successful digital transformation of South Africa rests. We identify with their values of community and cooperation. It is for this reason that we are especially pleased to make our donation,” said DFA chief executive officer Thindus Mulder.

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