Pacnet adds second European peering point

20 November 2012 |


Asian operator Pacnet has connected to the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) to support growing traffic between Asia-Pacific and Europe.

The network expansion will enable Pacnet to peer with over 500 networks and is the company’s second European peering point, having established another at the London Internet Exchange (LINX) in 2011.

"Establishing this peering relationship with AMS-IX enables us to interconnect directly with more European IP networks and accelerate the internet performance between Europe and Asia, improving the end-user experience in both regions," said Jim Fagan, president of managed services at Pacnet.

The move will provide Pacnet with access to the AMS-IX community which includes ISPs, cloud and hosting companies, mobile and content providers, telecommunications carriers, VoIP providers, gaming and social media networks.

"Pacnet's connection to AMS-IX is a win-win for the digital communities in both Europe and Asia-Pacific," said Job Witteman, CEO of AMS-IX.

Having experienced a turbulent 2012, which saw its long-term CEO Bill Barney resign in May, Pacnet appears to have responded quickly in the market during the last few months.

Last month, it announced a strategic plan to refine its business model through focussing its offering on enterprise and carrier customers and exiting the residential internet services and wholesale voice segments.

Earlier this month, it also expanded the coverage of its Pacnet Lightning packet to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, providing low latency routes over numerous Stock Exchanges.