Combined peering traffic, according to data by KIXP and Asteroid Internet Exchanges, has exceeded 100Gbps in Mombasa, Kenya marking a major milestone for the coastal city which hosts three data centers.
Peering traffic refers to the exchange of network traffic between two or more Internet service providers (ISPs) or networks at Internet Exchange Points (IXPs). It allows these networks to directly connect and exchange data without the need for intermediaries or relying on costly transit services. By directly exchanging traffic, ISPs can improve the efficiency, speed, and cost-effectiveness of data transmission between their networks.
Peering traffic benefits both ISPs involved by allowing them to offload traffic from their transit providers, reduce latency, increase network capacity, and improve the overall quality of service for their customers. It enables faster and more direct communication between networks, resulting in reduced reliance on third-party transit providers and better control over data routing.
Additionally, the rise of peering traffic means that Kenyan ISPs are forging direct connections, bypassing the traditional reliance on international transit providers. This means that users can access popular websites and streaming services like Facebook and Netflix at fast speeds.
The surge in peering traffic means more local content is being accessed in the country and more Kenyans are online exchanging traffic locally keeping local traffic local. More local content is now easily accessible within the country, while an increasing number of Kenyans are actively engaged in online activities, exchanging traffic locally.