Limelight Partners With Teraco

To meet growing online demand and increase performance, Limelight Networks has expanded its capacity and has improved its content delivery in Africa with a new Point-of-Presence at Teraco.

Limelight Networks (Nasdaq: LLNW), a global leader in digital content delivery, has announced the opening of a new Point-of-Presence (PoP) in South Africa, to drive Limelight’s commitment to building out infrastructure globally and create new industry partnerships in the region. The new PoP is situated at vendor neutral data centre Teraco, alongside Africa’s largest Internet Exchange (IXP), NAPAfrica Johannesburg.

Limelight’s expansion into Africa follows positive signs of online traffic growth within the continent.  According to reports, the global mobile Content Delivery Network (CDN) market is predicted to reach $70.3 billion by 2025. This is indicative of the continued growth of online video content, increasing use of internet services and the rise of mobile web access.

Image: Lex van Wyk - Teraco CEO
Image: Lex van Wyk – Teraco CEO

Lex Van Wyk, CEO of Teraco said, “CDNs already host a large proportion of global internet traffic and it’s predicted that in five years CDN traffic will exceed 70 percent of total online traffic, making it the new Internet. Limelight is a top global CDN and we are excited to see the impact of their investment into Africa.”

Teraco’s facilities offer a diverse interconnection hub and the company is focused on local Internet growth and expansion via NAPAfrica Johannesburg, providing a platform for Limelight to deliver fast, high-quality and scalable online traffic to countries across sub-Saharan Africa for its local and global customers.

“Movies, music and sports are the foundation of digital content for most countries, and South Africa is no different,” said Simon Beech, Head of EMEA Partnerships at Limelight Networks. “The decision to address the African market with further infrastructure investment is directly related to the rapidly growing demand for CDN services and capabilities locally. As connectivity improves, it is essential to provide the highest quality online experiences to stay competitive. We look forward to bringing a range of exciting new services to the region through local sales partnerships.”

About Teraco

Founded in 2008, Teraco Data Environments is the first provider of resilient, carrier, cloud and vendor-neutral data environments in South Africa. It is also the biggest data centre in Africa. Clients benefit from the cost savings and improved resilience of securely housing their information systems and networking equipment in a colocation facility purpose-built and operated to global best practice by an expert organisation with an absolute focus on data centre technology and infrastructure. Teraco is also home to Africa’s largest Internet exchange point (IXP), NAPAfrica. It is one of the top 20 largest global IXPs by membership. Since its launch in 2012, it has grown to over 140Gbps of traffic and 200 members and is now a critical component of Africa’s Internet ecosystem.

About Limelight

Limelight Networks, a global leader in digital content delivery, empowers customers to better engage online audiences by enabling them to securely manage and globally deliver digital content, on any device. The company’s award-winning Limelight Orchestrate™ platform includes an integrated suite of content delivery technology and services that helps organizations secure digital content, deliver exceptional multi-screen experiences, improve brand awareness, drive revenue, and enhance customer relationships — all while reducing costs. For more information, please visit www.limelight.com, read our blog, follow us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn and be sure to visit Limelight Connect.

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