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I personally found these quotes and statements interesting – so I’m sharing them with you…

The top internet sites in Kenya are Yahoo, Google and Facebook in that order. In fact, no local content makes the list until #14 and #15, where the news outlets The Nation and The East African Standard come in. Lifestyle blog and online magazine Haiya comes in at #19. The African mobile social network Mig33 is down at #79 but that number probablly doesn’t include all the internal use and sms traffic it gets.” Jonathan Gosier, Analyzing Africa’s Internet Traffic, Nov 2008, http://appfrica.net/blog/2008/11/22/analyzing-africas-internet-traffic/

Ryan Sher, WIOCC CTO

“About 75% of African Internet traffic is routed through Britain or the United States”, Ahmed M Kamara, Newstime Africa, 2009, http://www.newstimeafrica.com/archives/11374

“EASSy will be the first east coast system to connect on a direct route to Europe, making it the lowest latency system for traffic to key internet peering points in Europe and North America. Ryan Sher, WIOCC CTO, Dec 2009, http://www.wiocc.net/downloads/PressReleaseMaputo.pdf

“Africa’s undersea cables, including the Teams cable, first carry traffic from the region to India or the United Arab Emirates before switching it on to other cables for onward connectivity to Europe. The routing causes Internet traffic delays and poor voice quality.” Michael Malakata, Infoworld -Africa grapples with Internet connectivity to Europe, Nov. 2009, http://www.infoworld.com/t/software-service/africa-grapples-internet-connectivity-europe-738

“The amount of Internet traffic in Cape Town has grown exponentially over the past few years, as online media, call centers and other heavy Internet business users have flourished,” Rob Hunter, Infoworld – Africa providers finding ways to make data cheaper, Oct. 2009, http://www.infoworld.com/d/networking/africa-providers-finding-ways-make-data-cheaper-506

“50% of Kenyan web sites are hosted overseas”, Lynne Butler, AfrISPA, 2009,  http://www.afrispa.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=5&Itemid=47

“In Internet exchange points (IxP) measurements Africa ranges from 450 megabits per second (Mps) in Johannesburg (South Africa), 14 Mps in Nairobi (Kenya) and 12Mps in Cairo (Egypt), to 400 kilobits per second (Kbps) in Kigali (Rwanda) and 128 Kbps in Mbabane (Swaziland). Busy IxPs in the Western world, in contrast, may handle 413 gigabits per second (such as in Amsterdam. This is almost 1,000 times as much Internet traffic as Johannesburg, and 3.2 million times as much traffic as Swaziland – a staggering disparity!” Ian Henderson, The Internet & Democracy in Africa, 2009, http://se1.isn.ch/serviceengine/Files/ISN/101734/ichaptersection_singledocument/306D47DA-A8EA-4CFE-A40C-A1BFB24A9BDB/en/Chapter+3.pdf

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