AMS-IX, Sify launch Mumbai IX

07 February 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe


AMS-IX and Sify have launched AMS-IX India, a carrier-neutral, open internet exchange (IX) in Mumbai, India, which aims to accelerate internet growth throughout India.

AMS-IX collaborated with the Indian-based ICT service provider to launch the IX, which customers will be able to connect to via dedicated ports with speeds of (multiple) 1Gbps or 10Gbps.

“India is one of the world’s fastest growing internet markets. The growth is being accelerated by 4G adoption, large content players establishing a footprint in India and the supportive policies of the Government,” said Job Witteman, CEO of AMS-IX.

“AMS-IX is able to contribute to the success of this IX by bringing its know-how and experience in building and maintaining neutral and independent internet exchanges. We are very pleased to partner with Sify who brings a lot of local knowledge.”

Mumbai was chosen as it is the internet gateway to the country and the location also gives accessibility to some of India’s largest data centres. The IX will serve as a neutral and independent peering platform offering both private and public peering services at carrier-grade level to internet service providers (ISPs), internet content providers (ICPs), and telecom operators. 

By connecting to the exchange, content providers and eyeball networks are able to exchange their internet traffic and benefit from reduced latency and costs.

Raju Vegesna, chairman of Sify, added: “We already see a major interest in this new exchange. We believe, the exchange will create the right eco-system for acceleration of Internet adoption in India and will support the Digital India initiatives. The open nature of AMS-IX India will provide all content and internet service providers a truly global standard.”

The exchange in Mumbai is ready for orders as of today.