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Workonline and LINX partnership leading to growth in demand for African peering

Workonline Communications, an innovative pan-African network service provider based in South Africa, has seen the demand for remote peering services grow dramatically since partnering with the London Internet exchange (LINX) last year.

LINX and Workonline logosThe comments came ahead of the opening of AfricaCOM in Cape Town this week, a year since LINX and Workonline announced their collaboration in Africa. LINX, a mutually owned membership association for operators of Internet Protocol networks, currently has over 25 members within Africa, ranging from national telecoms providers to ISPs and mobile networks and carriers. Connecting to LINX allows Workonline to lower the number of hops to other networks, and makes troubleshooting issues less painful.

The exchange in London provides a central point for Workonline and its clients to peer with the majority of European networks. It also offers a high availability service across different fabrics and two separate LANs.

The partnership with LINX enables Workonline to lower the barrier to entry for networks looking to reach the LINX peering fabric from sub-Saharan Africa. Their carrier grade core network connects their clients from a Workonline PoP to the LINX fabric in a reliable and cost efficient manner.

Reaching LINX peers over Workonline's network helps ISPs to make the most of the benefits of peering in London. Among the benefits for Workonline’s clients are reductions in IP transit costs and not having to build and manage their own infrastructure in Europe.

Edward Lawrence, Director of Business Development for Workonline Communications, says: “Our experience in signing up to LINX was a smooth and easy process. Since joining the LINX reseller program a year ago, we have seen a large uptake in requests for remote peering services from sub-Saharan Africa to the LINX. The fact that LINX is a member run Internet Exchange makes it even more dependable, and ensures that it keeps the interests of the community at heart.”

LINX Chief Executive Officer, John Souter, added: “We are very pleased with our first year partnership with Workonline. The growth potential is good and we are keen to continue working with them to help build an ever stronger and more resilient networking community in the region.”

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Notes to Editors:

About LINX

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) is a mutually owned membership association for operators of Internet Protocol networks. They provide a neutral interconnection facility and peering platform, known as an Internet Exchange Point (IXP), and represent the interests of their members on matters of public policy.

Their members consist of access networks, ISPs such as BT and content providers like Google, who exchange Internet traffic between each other over their secure peering LANs. Through LINX they are able to reach 80% of the total global Internet making it one of the single biggest connection points in the world with traffic peaks of over 3.3 tb/sec on their public peering platform alone.

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) is one of the largest Internet exchanges in the world, connecting over 700 members from 70 countries around the globe. LINX continues to expand their London presence with over 11 PoPs across the capital along with regional exchanges in Wales, Manchester and Scotland. LINX also operates an Internet exchange in the Ashburn metro area in the US just outside Washington DC.

For more information, please visit www.linx.net or email

Twitter: @LINX_Network
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/linx

About Workonline

Founded in South Africa in 2006, Workonline Communications is a privately owned global Network Service Provider.
 
Workonline (AS 37271) is widely acclaimed as one of the largest IP transit networks in southern Africa, and our engineers are often recognised for their achievements in the global community. The Workonline network, along with the reach of our international partners, enables us to offer high quality IP transit services as well as wholesale connectivity services across Africa and in most locations in the world.
 
Our customers include some of the world’s largest telecommunication companies. We pride ourselves on the stability and resilience of our global network, which we operate according to the highest standards, in line with global best practices. Whilst we are large enough to ensure consistent reliability and innovation, we remain flexible enough to adapt to the specific requirements of our wholesale customers.
 
As a trusted advisor to our clients, innovation and agility remain at the core of our business. Our research and development is constantly in motion providing our clients with innovative and cost-effective solutions on a global scale while maintaining the highest levels of design, build and deployment. Designing innovative commercial and technical solutions has led to our exponential growth over the last decade, and ensures that we remain a leader in the provision of reliable tailor made communication services.

For more information, please visit www.workonline.co.za or email

Twitter: @wolcomm
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/workonline-communications

 

15th November 2016

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