At just shy of 200 million, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa (Ethiopia is second and Egypt is third). That’s a lot of people to communicate with the world - and communicate they all do!
Looking back at our historical data, we realized how much the Internet and Cloudflare grew. With more than 150 data centers, 10 percent of web-based applications, customers everywhere around the world, from the tiny islands in the Pacific to the big metropolises.
Our newest data centers in Durban and Port Louis expand the Cloudflare network to 137 cities globally. We are delighted to reach this special milestone, and even more excited to help improve the performance and security of over 7 million Internet properties (and growing!) across 69 countries.
It is not uncommon for countries around the world to interrupt Internet access for political reasons or because of social unrest. We've seen this many times in the past (e.g. Gabon, Syria, Togo). Today, it appears that Internet access in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been greatly curtailed.
Back in December 2014, Cloudflare opened our first data center in Africa and our 30th datacenter globally. That was in Johannesburg, which has since seen over 10x growth in traffic delivered to South Africa and surrounding countries.