We again had a very successful Akamai launch on the 11th March, 2016.
The success was largely due to efforts by the EC who and TIX technical committee had made extensive efforts to contact and work with Akamai to bring the CDN to the TIX.
We had a very successful GGC launch on the 28th April, 2015. The success was largely due to these sponsors who had helped make the event possible.
We wish to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks to them for their support and we earnestly look forward to their continued involvement in our projects for the benefit of the community.
What is GGC.?
Google content is hosted within Google’s data centers and the content is then replicated to multiple data centers for redundancy and more efficient serving to their end users. Google then distributes this content across the Internet getting it closer to its users using the Google’s backbone network.
Google Global Cache (GGC) therefore represents the final tier of Google’s content delivery platform, and is closest to users. Google’s traffic management system then directs users within Tanzania to the GGC to ensure that it will provide the best performance for the user.
This Google Cache is located at the Seacom landing site in Silver Sands and is made available at the TIX via fibre (courtesy of the Ministry of Science, Communication and Technology (MSCT)) to all network operators and Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) peering at the TIX and can serve popular Google content, including YouTube, Google Maps e.t.c.
This entire exercise is intended to improve the users experience, reduce the number of route-miles travelled on an operator’s network to serve Google traffic thus increasing cost savings for the operator and maximizing on savings in backbone and transit bandwidth.