Quantifying the Effects of Circuitous Routes on the Latency of Intra-Africa Internet Traffic: A Study of Research and Education Networks
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- Internet Access, Affordability And Use
: Josiah Chavula, Nick Feamster, Antoine Bagula and Hussein Suleman
Enablers: increase in the number of Internet eXchange Points (IXP) in Africa, proliferation of submarine and terrestrial fibre optic cable systems. Impacts/Outcomes: the level of peering among Africa’s Internet service providers remains low. Trends: Over 75 % of Africa’s inter-university traffic follows circuitous inter-continental routes, and is characterised by latencies that are more than double those of traffic exchanged within the continent.
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