BICS joins France-IX marketplace, extending partnership

13 December 2018 | Natalie Bannerman

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BICS and France-IX have extended its partnership with the announcement that BICS has joined the France-IX marketplace as a seller.

Effective immediately BICS will offer a range of value added IP-centric services to France-IX peering members including access to Cloud Direct, remote peering other internet exchange points (IXPs), carrier Ethernet, direct inward dialling (DID) cloud numbers, Internetwork Packet Exchanges (IPX) transport and its SIM for things IoT connectivity solutions.

“We are delighted to strengthen our partnership with France-IX by becoming a Marketplace seller,” said Shady Masarweh (pictured), head of capacity and IP at BICS. “The France-IX marketplace is an innovative way to offer our range of services to the French and French-speaking peering community and the cost and time savings provided by the France-IX marketplace present great value for users.”

The two began working together in 2016 when BICS became a France-IX strategic partner by providing a backbone solution that interconnects the two France-IX peering platforms in Paris and Marseille. As a result, BICS was able to offer a simplified and competitive single remote-peering solution for France-IX peers looking to expand their network footprint into the Middle East and Africa among other global destinations.

“The superior quality of BICS’ services and worldwide scale make it a great addition to the France-IX marketplace,” said Franck Simon, president of France IX Services. “Most peering ports retain some unused capacity and the marketplace enables our peering members to use some of this spare bandwidth for additional services such as IP transit, remote peering, access to cloud services, Ethernet solutions, voice services and more. Peers gain cost efficiencies from price competition between sellers and the seamless provisioning of the service they buy.”

Last month Expereo, HOPUS and Net1C also joined the France-IX market place as sellers bringing the, then total to ten added increased service value and innovation to the platform.