Hurricane Electric connects 200 internet exchanges around the world

Hurricane Electric connects 200 internet exchanges around the world

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Hurricane Electric has become the first internet backbone in the world to connect to over 200 unique internet exchanges.

The global internet service provider was one of the first in the industry to switch to IPv6 and as a result now connects to the largest number of networks on the planet for both IPv6 and IPv4. It is also a leader in providing high-speed internet connectivity to organisations using 100GE, 10GE and GigE connections.

“Hurricane Electric’s goal has always been to provide as much Internet service as possible to as many people as possible,” said Mike Leber, president of Hurricane Electric. “It’s exciting to reach this milestone, ensuring that we have as much local connectivity as possible in each geographic market that we are present in. Continuing to connect to more locations will provide our customers and others with fewer hops, reduced latency, and greater throughput.”

Through the improved connectivity with these 200 exchanges, Hurricane Electric customers benefit from lower latency, higher throughput and increased fault tolerance.

This increasingly reliable connectivity is especially important as global IP traffic continues to increase. According to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Trends, 2017–2022 the annual global IP traffic will reach 4.8Zb per year by 2022, or 396Eb per month, triple the 2017 rate.

In October of this year, the company expanded its IP network and data centre presence into Cape Town, South Africa. The company has expanded into the region with a point of presence (PoP) in the Teraco CPt1 facility bringing its total presence in Africa to four locations. Its other sites include Teraco JB1 in Johannesburg, South Africa, East Africa Data Centre in Nairobi, Kenya and Djibouti Data Centre in Djibouti.

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