Content nodes to accelerate Africa’s Internet
May 8, 2014: African internet users are starting to enjoy the benefits of faster access to key web resources as well as lower latencies, as telecom providers step up the roll out of content delivery networks (CDNs). That’s according to Mark Tinka, Head of Engineering at Pan-African telecom enabler SEACOM, who says that the next phase in the development of Africa’s internet infrastructure will see more content and services brought closer to end-users. This in turn, will spur growth in demand for these services.
“Over the past six years, we have seen a great deal of activity in Africa’s telecom market as providers have invested in infrastructure such as carrier-neutral data centers, open peering internet exchange points, national and regional fibre links and submarine cables. The next step will be to host more content within Africa, rather than in Europe and the U.S. – 90 percent of African internet content is hosted outside the continent today. We’d like to see that figure reversed so that 80 or 90 percent of content is hosted within Africa.”
SEACOM is privately funded and over three quarter African owned company. Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development’s IPS owns 26.56% of the company.