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06 September 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Deutsche Telekom’s international wholesale arm has upgraded its IPX ports at Amsterdam’s AMS-IX to 100Gbps because of the growth in EU mobile roaming.
International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS) says that
it is the first company to connect to the AMS-IX Inter-IPX
platform with 100 GE ports.
It has upgraded to a redundant capacity of two times 100Gbps.
The upgrade is partly to cope with the increase in European
mobile data traffic after the abolition of roaming charges
within the EU, said the CTO of AMS-IX. ICSS said the traffic
growth was "explosive".
Gergely Vadas, head of the Mobile World unit at ICSS, said:
"Deutsche Telekom ICSS caters to the future roaming needs of
its mobile operator partners and their subscribers. We are
happy to provide a global, high-speed network with the full
advantages of the latest, next-generation applications."
This enhancement follows Deutsche Telekom ICSS’s
rollout of improved IPX capacities in May. At that time ICSS
was the first provider to activate multiple 100Gbps
transmission capacities for its customers in preparation of
higher capacity demands.
Henk Steenman, CTO of AMS-IX, said the exchange traditionally
sees an increase of traffic during the summer, thanks to
"With 4G widespread, and especially with the abolition of
roaming charges within the EU, we have seen a threefold
increase in the amount of traffic exchanged over this European
summer season," he said. "ICSS took the roaming experience to
the next level with this upgrade, which is truly ground
breaking. I am positive other carriers will follow this