25 June 2018
| James Pearce
Epsilon has struck a partnership with the internet exchange division of Japanese technology giant SoftBank to offer on-demand connectivity across the Asian country.
The deal will see privately-owned
carrier Epsilon offer on-demand access to BBIX’s
(SoftBank's internet exchange arm) internet exchange service in
Tokyo through its Infiny platform – an on-demand
service that allows users to order, activate and manage local,
regional and global connectivity and communication services
through a portal.
ITU figures show that Japan is a major hotspot for Internet
traffic with almost 119,000,000 Internet users and a
penetration level of 93%. The agreement means
Epsilon’s partners can remotely peer at critical
subsea cable landings serving East Asia and the West Coast of
"We have a tremendous relationship with SoftBank and we are
extremely pleased to be working with BBIX. Its depth and
density of Exchange Points across Japan make it a highly valued
partner and an important addition to our Global Interconnect
Fabric," said Jerzy Szlosarek, CEO of Epsilon.
"We are adding new IXs to the Infiny platform every month
and giving our partners seamless and on-demand access to the
world’s IXs. It is great to grow our reach in
Japan with BBIX."
Epsilon’s Global Interconnect Fabric includes
more than 600 service providers and cloud service providers
(CSPs) and IXs. Epsilon partners can use Infiny to remotely
peer at IXs globally from a single platform.
Earlier this year,
Epsilon extended its existing partnership with
UAE’s du, offering expanded end-to-end
connectivity between the Middle-East and data centres in the
US, Europe, and Asia.
It also inked a deal with African carrier WIOCC, extending
the reach of the Infiny platform into sub-Saharan Africa for
the first time.
This latest deal with SoftBank’s BBIX means
Epsilon partners can remotely connect to peering points in
Japan, adding a new global IPX’s to its platform.
BBIX, meanwhile, will gain access to a growing ecosystem of new
BBIX runs eight points of presence in Japan, and also offers
internet exchange services in Hong Kong and Singapore. It
provides direct peering for ISPs, CSPs, data centre operators,
content providers, and the global carrier community.
It has a presence across several locations including
SoftBank’s Maruyama Cable Landing Station, which
lands several cables including the Japan-US CN, Australia Japan
Cable, Trans-Pacific Express, Asia Pacific Gateway, Asia
Submarine-cable Express, and New Cross Pacific.
"We are excited to partner with Epsilon and grow our peering
ecosystem. Bringing new partners to our Exchanges will benefit
our members and offer them increased choice when peering," said
Michikazu Fukuchi, EVP, board director and COO of BBIX,
"Epsilon’s partners gain access to critical
communications hubs for the Asia-Pacific region as well as
content rich local markets. At BBIX, we look forward to
supporting Epsilon and creating a successful long-term