Thursday, September 5, 2013

Dubai's UAE-IX Cites Rapid Growth in First Year of Operation

UAE-IX, the Dubai-based Internet exchange that opened one year ago, now serves more than 20 networks from the Middle East.

Customers include leading global players and providers from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Turkey. Recent new peers include STC and Vodafone Qatar, further increasing the reach of the exchange.

UAE-IX’s customer base now reaches 55% of all eyeballs in the GCC markets. This makes UAE-IX the partner of choice for a wide variety of providers, including access networks, cloud computing players, hosters and content delivery networks (CDNs).

UAE-IX, which is fully operated by DE-CIX, was the first carrier-neutral Internet exchange for the Middle East and is built on a fully redundant switching platform.

“In the past, Internet content destined for the Middle East region was delivered through European Internet hubs,” comments Harald A. Summa, CEO for DE-CIX. “Cloud computing and rich media content drives today’s traffic growth, demanding higher-quality content that is located close to the users to guarantee a great broadband experience. The TRA, the data center operators and UAE-IX together create an attractive environment to drive large content networks to the region, while access providers benefit from lower cost and improved broadband experience for their end-users.”