African internet users accessing Scandinavian web services are now able to experience better internet speed and performance following SEACOM’s connection with the Netnod Internet Exchange Point in Stockholm, Sweden.
This in turn will provide a better user experience for the northern and eastern European communities in Africa.
Netnod is a non-profit, independent Internet exchange point operator based in Sweden. It operates five Internet exchange points in Sweden and one in Denmark, where Internet operators can connect and exchange traffic (peer). The Netnod IX has among the highest amount of traffic per peer in Europe and is fully IPv6 enabled.
“The majority of Internet traffic into and out of Africa goes to Europe, which is why we’re investing in connectivity on the continent. We are the only African carrier with a direct physical presence in Stockholm, which means that we can help our service providers and network operator clients deliver a superior level of service to clients connecting to Internet services in Scandinavia,” says Mark Tinka, Head of engineering at SEACOM.
“Because we control the infrastructure from our global and African IP transit networks to the remote peering point in Sweden, we can guarantee quality and a high level of support. Our physical presence in Stockholm, and our relationship with Netnod, will be significant for multinationals that are based in – or do business with – between Nordic countries and Africa.”
“We are delighted to have SEACOM as our first African customer at Netnod. Africa is a fast-growing region, and we look forward to SEACOM bringing this growth to Netnod and our members,” says Lars Michael Jogback CEO of Netnod.
SEACOM launched Africa’s first broadband submarine cable system along the eastern and southern coastlines in 2009, bringing with it a vast supply of high quality and affordable Internet bandwidth. Since then, SEACOM has moved beyond being a cable operator to become a major pan-African service provider, offering a full suite of resilient and scalable data services that allow Africa’s growing ICT community to develop and evolve. Ranging from dedicated IPL transmission services, flexible Ethernet services, to resilient IP Transit service capabilities and accessible Internet connectivity, SEACOM can now provide tailor-made communication solutions.
The SEACOM Business division leverages this infrastructure and last-mile partnerships to provide the African business market with best-in-class connectivity and Cloud services at highly competitive prices. Its offerings include fibre Internet access with options ranging from 25Mbps up to 1Gbps.
Netnod is a not-for-profit, neutral and independent Internet infrastructure organisation, based in Sweden. Netnod operates exchange points (IXPs) in Sweden and Denmark, where Internet operators exchange traffic through peering. The Netnod IXP has among the highest amount of traffic per peer in Europe. Netnod operates of i.root-servers.net, one of the thirteen logical DNS root name servers in the world – a critical part of the Internet underlying infrastructure. This service is provided as a public service to the Internet community at-large.