Xtra has become the third local ISP to hook up to the global Akamai network, promising faster access to rich Internet content for its users.
Akamai's network delivers content ranging from streaming media to banner ads and applets from thousands of customer sites to servers in many countries, where the content can be accessed locally by Internet users.
Clear Net began hosting the country's first Akamai server last year, and Ihug installed a node this year after it was approached by Akamai on the basis of the traffic generated by its users.
Xtra's ascension to the status of an Akamai Accelerated Network appears to be the biggest local installation yet, with several Akamai servers to be deployed inside Xtra's network..
“By installing Akamai’s servers on the edge of the Xtra Network, our customers will receive faster downloads of streaming media, applications and content served on the Akamai network of servers, resulting in more engaging end user experiences,” says Xtra marketing manager, Chris Thompson.
Avi Freedman, chief network architect at Akamai, described Xtra's strategy as "complementary to Akamai’s business model of improving the Internet experience of Web properties and end users alike. We’re pleased to extend Akamai’s high-performance services to the users of Xtra’s network and demonstrate the high reliability and quality of content and applications delivered from the edge."