Limelight Networks is opening a new Point-of-Presence (PoP) in South Africa to drive its commitment to building out infrastructure globally and create new industry partnerships in the region.
The new PoP is situated at vendor neutral data centre Teraco, alongside Africa’s largest Internet Exchange (IXP), NAPAfrica Johannesburg. Limelight’s expansion into Africa follows positive signs of online traffic growth within the continent. Research & Markets predicts that the global mobile Content Delivery Network (CDN) market will reach $70.3 billion by 2025. This is indicative of the continued growth of online video content, increasing use of internet services and the rise of mobile web access.
Lex Van Wyk, CEO of Teraco said, “CDNs already host a large proportion of global internet traffic and it’s predicted that in five years CDN traffic will exceed 70% of total online traffic, making it the new Internet.”
Teraco’s facilities offer a diverse interconnection hub and the company is focused on local Internet growth and expansion via NAPAfrica Johannesburg, providing a platform for Limelight to deliver fast, high-quality and scalable online traffic to countries across sub-Saharan Africa for its local and global customers.
“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.”