Batelco and AMS-IX partner to launch new IX

02 April 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Batelco and AMS-IX have entered into a strategic partnership to launch a new Internet Exchange (IX) in Bahrain.

The new facility will act as a neutral internet traffic exchange platform, interconnecting global networks in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.

“AMS-IX is delighted to enter into the partnership to work with Batelco, as a leading telecom provider in the region,” said Peter van Burgel, CEO of AMS-IX. “We believe that Batelco is a good fit for AMS-IX as Batelco’s current digital ecosystem makes the company the most viable partner of choice for us and we are confident that Batelco is capable of making the new internet exchange into a leading IX platform.”

Van Burgel and Adel Al-Daylam, Batelco’s chief global business signed the agreement at officer at Bahrain International Circuit during the F1 event.

Al-Daylam said that Batelco is very pleased to sign with AMS-IX to support Batelco’s efforts to contribute toward the development and enhancement of internet services across the region, interconnecting regional internet providers and operators, localising and retaining regional traffic and ultimately enhancing user experience.

The collaboration underscores Betelco’s plans to support the Kingdom’s Economis Vision 2030, by developing and providing advanced solution to support growth and innovation in the Kingdom and the region, further highlighting its position at the forefront of the regional and global telecoms sector.

In February, AMS-IX broke through the 6Tbps traffic barrier peaking at 6.3Tbps in throughput. At the time, van Burgel said, “This growth combined with our newly announced 2019 prices makes AMS-IX one of the most cost-effective technical platforms for networks to exchange internet traffic.”

At the beginning of March, Batelco welcomed news of its own, signing an agreement with Interxion to deploy a new point of presence (PoP) in Marseille, France.