DE-CIX launches US operation

18 September 2013 |


Germany’s DE-CIX has today marked the beginning of its operations in the US with the launch of a carrier and data centre-neutral internet exchange in New York.

The company plans to establish internet exchanges in major metro regions, with New York acting as the headquarters for its US operations.

Built on the same model as DE-CIX in Frankfurt, the New York exchange – named DE-CIX North America – will enable all types of internet providers to exchange traffic across neutral, distributed infrastructure.

DE-CIX will deploy an Ethernet switching fabric, combined with a fibre metro optical backbone that supports traffic volumes of up to numerous Terabits per second across multiple data centres in the selected metropolitan areas.

The move could provide an alternative to existing co-location and exchange models in the US, in which data centres typically serve their own on-campus tenants or connect customers with passive Private Interconnects (PI).

“NYC is home to a huge concentration of ISPs, including broadband providers, content companies and a thriving and growing tech community,” said Harald Summa, CEO at DE-CIX.

“Establishing and developing the new exchange will go far in elevating New York’s reputation as one of the world’s great technology hubs, in addition to its other first-rate attributes.”

DE-CIX said the internet exchange will be operational “soon", and is also planning for deployments in California.

The launch of DE-CIX North America is in line with reports last year that the company was looking to expand its carrier-neutral presence across the globe.