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13 November 2012
DE-CIX is taking its highly successful internet exchange model in Frankfurt to the global stage, beginning in the Middle East. Robert Anderson investigates.
When the carrier neutral
internet exchange DE-CIX was established in 1995, it was only
ever intended to serve Germany. Today, the company is the
world’s largest internet exchange with more than
480 networks connected from more than 52 countries worldwide
and is building on its success by expanding internationally and
launching its own next-generation network (NGN) exchange.
The company’s CEO,
Harald Summa, attributes DE-CIX’s phenomenal rise
to the movement in traffic "from west to east". This change
occurred around the end of the nineties when European ISPs
began peering in western European exchanges, shifting away from
exchanging traffic via the transatlantic and peering in the US
east coast’s MAE-EAST exchange.
Frankfurt’s key geographic location and attracting
customers from the east, DE-CIX was able to create an
international hub for traffic from Russia and CEE on to western
Europe and the US.