DE-CIX strikes strategic partnership with Berlin internet exchange

09 January 2018 | James Pearce

DE-CIX has established a strategic partnership with BCIX, a leading Berlin Internet exchange, which will see the two firms directly connected and able to offer products in locations in both Berlin and Frankfurt.

The Berlin location will be promoted as “DE-CIX powered by BCIX” and will sit in the latter’s regional peering facility. BCIX also acts as an independent IX for Brandenburg, and Eastern Germany, operating an exchange platform in eight data centre locations which are redundantly connected.

Christian Kröger, CEO of BCIX Management GmbH, said: “There has been a positive cooperative environment between DE-CIX and BCIX for years now. Over the years, we have all gone to great lengths for Germany as an Internet location. 

“Given that the virtual path between Frankfurt and Berlin is interesting for many of our peering partners, we decided to make this connection as easy as possible for our peers.”

DE-CIX, which claims to have the world’s highest data throughput, surpassing 6Tbps at peak times in its Frankfurt unit. However, the DE-CIX facility in Frankfurt is far from reaching its limits: the technical infrastructure of the IXP in Frankfurt has a total capacity of 48 Terabits.

It serves over 1300 network operators, internet service providers, and content providers from more than 100 countries. It recently announced a partnership with Sparkle in Istanbul, and offers interconnection services at locations in Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Munich, Dusseldorf, Berlin, New York, Dallas, Dubai, Marseille, Palermo, Madrid, Mumbai, and Istanbul.

Thomas King, chief innovation officer at DE-CIX, said of the new partnership with BCIX: “We are delighted not only to have found an ideal partner in BCIX, but also to be able to connect into an excellent interconnection eco-system in the German capital. Through this partnership, we are creating optimal synergies for both companies and our respective customers – given that we can offer all products in both locations. 

“There is no need for additional contracts, as DE-CIX and BCIX can each single-handedly deliver everything. As a result, customers in Frankfurt and Berlin have access to a ‘One-Stop-Shop’ for our complete service portfolio, including products like GlobePEER, DirectCLOUD, and MetroVLAN."

Topics: DE-CIX, BCIX, internet exchange, Germany, Christian Kröger, Thomas King