DE-CIX Enters South East Asia With IX Launches In Malaysia

DE-CIX enters South East Asia with Malaysia launch

06 November 2019 | Jason McGee-Abe

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DE-CIX has expanded its global interconnection model to its most eastern point to date by launching operations in Malaysia.

DE-CIX, which recently won the Best Internet Exchange Award at the 2019 Global Carrier Awards, and local internet exchange provider Johor Bahru Internet Exchange (JBIX) have partnered to co-run two internet exchanges in the greater Kuala Lumpur and the Johor Bahru regions of Malaysia.

DE-CIX has also formed a joint venture with Starwing Technologies, creating a new JV vehicle: DE-CIX Malaysia. This company will be headquartered in Kuala Lumpur and will collectively take over the JBIX, which is an open and carrier class IX run by a team of certified network experts and has been operational since 2018. As of today, JBIX serves close to 50 regional networks.

“After successfully establishing leading IXs in Europe, North America, India, and the Middle East, DE-CIX is now taking its almost 25 years of experience to South East Asia,” said Ivo Ivanov, CEO of DE-CIX International.

“DE-CIX has a proven record of accomplishment in successfully creating interconnection hubs worldwide, in regions where customers are in need of easy-to-access interconnection services. While Singapore has been a major content hub for the region for the last decade, the key content and cloud-computing players have started to extend their footprint throughout ASEAN – including in Malaysia.”

In addition to offering the advantage of local IXs in these markets, DE-CIX will also introduce a shared interconnection fabric where participants of both exchanges will be able to interconnect. DE-CIX will also make its Apollon interconnection solutions available to all locations, allowing the provisioning of different interconnection services like peering and cloud exchange.

“Since its launch one year ago, JBIX has received tremendous support from local, regional and global networks. Their support has not only helped JBIX to become one of the fastest growing IXs in the region, it has also underlined the strategic advantages JBIX has to offer to its participants. Our partnership with DE-CIX will help to accelerate the development of connectivity hubs in the country, which is an exercise that synergizes with the Malaysian Government’s initiative in promoting 5G, IoT and digital businesses,” Weng Yew Wong, Managing Director of JBIX.

“Beyond establishing the world’s leading IX in Frankfurt (Germany), DE-CIX’s international expansion is unrivalled. DE-CIX has created the leading neutral IX on the North American East Coast with DE-CIX New York; the fastest growing IX on the planet since its inception in 2016 with DE-CIX Madrid; and most successfully entered the Indian market in 2018, establishing interconnection hubs in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi. Now it’s time for South East Asia,” added Ivanov.

DE-CIX recently launched a new infrastructure-as-a-service offering for carriers called FlexPOP and partnered with PCCW Global to extend the reach of DE-CIX’s cloud and data centre offerings via PCCW Global Console connect SDI platform.