Africa CDN customers can often be hard pressed when looking for an effective content delivery network solution to accelerate their online data to end users. Given the continent’s historically low population of internet users, content delivery network providers decided to site their points of presence in more traditional areas of high internet use, such as North America and Europe, during their initial stages of set up. As such, Africa CDN options were few and far between.
Now, however, internet use is rising dramatically in the developing world thanks to the introduction of low cost mobile devices and far reaching mobile networks. As such, many CDN providers area starting to see the value in creating an Africa CDN network.
Africa CDN Benefits
The latest CDN provider to expand in Africa is Limelight, one of the world’s leading CDN providers. They are teaming up with data centre provider Teraco to install a point of presence in South Africa, the heart of Africa’s growing internet industry. The PoP will be located in Johannesburg.
“CDNs already host a large proportion of global internet traffic and it’s predicted that in five years CDN traffic will exceed 70 percent of total online traffic, making it the new Internet,” said Lex Van Wyk, CEO of Teraco.
“Limelight is a top global CDN and we are excited to see the impact of their investment into Africa.”
“Movies, music and sports are the foundation of digital content for most countries, and South Africa is no different,” said Simon Beech, head of EMEA Partnerships at Limelight Networks.
“The decision to address the African market with further infrastructure investment is directly related to the rapidly growing demand for CDN services and capabilities locally. As connectivity improves, it is essential to provide the highest quality online experiences to stay competitive. We look forward to bringing a range of exciting new services to the region through local sales partnerships.”