Andrew Owens, peering and interconnection specialist at Teraco Data Environments, joined Hans van de Groenendaal, editor of Engineer IT, to virtually discuss a number of topics related to NAPAfrica topping 1Tbit/s of peak traffic for the first time in March this year. Owens shares his thoughts on the reasons for the significant increase in traffic, the role of lockdown in contributing to record highs, and whether there is now a renewed and more widespread appreciation of the internet’s potential as a result.
Owens delves into the many implications of digital acceleration, including the notable increase in organisations moving to the cloud, the irrevocable changes to business culture in South Africa with respect to in-person meetings, as well as the latest local and international trends in internet usage to watch.
Of special interest is Teraco’s approach and readiness in dealing with a substantial surge in peak traffic, the steps taken to add capacity, dealing with the unknowns of demand during the lockdown period, and convincing peer networks to also upgrade their own capacity.
Owens talks through the origins of NAPAfrica in relation to Teraco, the many changes within the data centre space since its inception, and the early challenges of convincing the market of the value of data centres. NAPAfrica’s growth and importance to South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa is also a key discussion point, together with the future possibilities of a truly African internet and regionalised content.