South Africans are hungry for data. We’re not saying that because it’s our opinion, we’re saying that because it’s true.

Teraco has today announced that the largest internet exchange point (IXP) in Africa, NAPAfrica has reached peak traffic of one terabit per second.

Launched in 2012, the first traffic peak recorded by NAPAfrica was a paltry 532Mbps. Now just eight years later it has reached the peak of 1Tbps.

This uptick in traffic is largely thanks to folks using data heavy services such as Netflix, YouTube, Facebook and other applications.

“More recently, the exchange has also seen a growing trend of enterprises and banks joining NAPAfrica to leverage its efficient and cost-effective access to content and cloud operators,” explains manager of Interconnection and Peering at Teraco, Andrew Owens.

Teraco also reports that telcos in Angola, Togo and the Democratic Republic of Congo have all joined NAPAfrica.

“In a relatively short space of time NAPAfrica has become a significant contributor to the Internet ecosystem within Africa. This was one of our ultimate goals, to be of value to our members and to sustainably develop the African Internet ecosystem,” adds Owens.

NAPAfrica has grown from just five members to boasting 440 autonomous system numbers from around the world, with as many as 26 African countries now making use of NAPAfrica.

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