All SA News Servers Listed 11


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Here’s a long list of ’em, along with some premium others, index sites and news readers.

Some ISP’s in SA have openly available NNTP services, here’s a list of what’s currently available.

Noted that most ISP’s lock down their news server access to customers using their accounts, so check your account details and use the relevant server. I’ll document SA news servers specific to ISP’s, recommended apps to grab the content with and premium UseNet options.

Local news servers:

Web Africa:

Hostname: news.wa.co.za

Username: blank

Password: blank

Connections: 5

SSL: No

Retention: 141 days

Mweb:

Hostname: news.mweb.co.za

Username: blank

Password: blank

Connections: 3

Port: 119

SSL: NA

Retention: ???

SAIX:

Hostname: news.saix.net

Username: blank

Password: blank

Connections: 3

Port: 119

SSL: NA

Retention: ???

IS:

Hostname: news.is.co.za

Username: blank

Password: blank

Connections: 3

Port: 119

SSL: NA

Retention: ???

Premium servers:

News Readers:

News Index Sites:

What I use:

  1. SABnzbd
  2. Web Africa news server
  3. UseNetServer
  4. NZBMatrix

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  • Charl Lotter

    Hi Jeff,

    I followed your thread on the Webafrica forum and read through your blog.

    I found your comments and suggestions very helpful, but I’ve got a couple of questions I was hoping you could answer them if possible.

    Would you mind contacting me @ charl.lotter@gmail.com

    Thanks,
    Charl

  • Thanks for stopping by 🙂
    Where abouts on the WA forum is this link?

    You’re more than welcome to drop some questions here. I’d prefer here than via email.

  • Charl Lotter

    Hi Jeff,

    It was the thread regarding the 2012 upgrade to the WA News Server that I found interesting. (http://forums.webafrica.co.za/showthread.php/7150-Web-Africa-News-Server-2012-Official-Announcement)

    In the WA blog entry, you explain that the WA News Server uses 4TB of storage for it’s cached content. (http://www.webafrica.co.za/blog/2011/05/wa-news-server-what-you-need-to-know/)

    My questions:

    1. The 4TB, which is probably outdated information because of the server upgrade, is that what supplies you with the 146 days worth of retention?
    2. What is the international link you’ve got dedicated to the news server?
    3. How many users use the WA server?
    4. Is it possible to open the news server up to other ISPs?

    Thank you in advance

  • I posted this blog on a personal note, even though I work for Web Africa I’d prefer to answer some questions about the company on the official platform 🙂

    None the less, let’s see what I can answer here:

    1. Correct. All content that is cached/ retained is available at line speed
    2. Web Africa utilises SAT3 along with their own network
    3. Really not sure
    4. Not as far as I’m aware as IP’s are limited to ISP specific server. Same goes for SAIX & IS

  • Charl Lotter

    I don’t mean to put you on the spot representing the company, I won’t hold you to it!! 🙂

    Thank you for your answers, a couple of followup questions if you will:

    1. So the server still only uses 4TB?
    2. I was hoping for an estimate in Mbps if possible?
    3. Have you got any stats regarding the news server?
    4. With ISPs peering these days, I’m sure something could be worked out! Imagine consolidating all four major ISPs into one news server! The dream… 🙂

    The reason I ask all these questions, is that I’d love to move to a local news server instead of supporting international servers.

  • Hehe, no worries dude 🙂

    1. AFAIK it does yeah. Possibly more, retention time is more important though. Anything posted to UseNet will be cached
    2. It runs in Web Africa’s DC, Teraco – off a 1GBps backbone
    3. They’re fairly limited, and the stats that are available can’t be published just yet unfortunately
    4. It possibly can, however NNTP boxes are known to push Tb’s of data a month – not sure how much impact it’ll have on peering links

    From a personal stand point, and trying to be as un-biased as possible – the WA news server is by far the best!

  • Charl Lotter

    From my research I must also agree that it’s the best local news server 🙂

    Thank you again for your comments!

  • All good! Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated 😀

  • Charl Lotter

    Hi Jeff,

    I just thought of something else to ask you 🙂

    Who is the USENET upstream provider for Webafrica? (I assume it is probably Highlands or Readnews?)

    Thanks,
    Charl

  • Can’t disclose that on here unfortunately bud. Maybe if you ask on the WA forums I can possibly give you an answer…
    Sorry man

  • Charl Lotter