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.
The 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
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.”
Notes to Editors:
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.
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
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.