Telecom Egypt and AMS-IX to build IX in Cairo

Telecom Egypt and AMS-IX to build IX in Cairo

11 November 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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Telecom Egypt has formed a strategic partnership with AMS-IX to build an internet exchange in Cairo, Egypt.

Situated in Telecom Egypt’s largest Tier III data centre facility within the Smart Village in west Cairo, the new exchange will serve as an open access platform for large content delivery network providers, application providers, cloud providers, and telecom carriers wanting to bolster their offerings in Egypt, Africa, and the Middle East.

“We are very pleased with our partnership with AMS-IX as the launch of Egypt’s first commercial IXP platform will support Egypt’s digital transformation plans,” said Adel Hamed (pictured), managing director and chief executive officer at Telecom Egypt.

“This step will not only enhance the country’s internet ecosystem, but also support the ongoing regional efforts to establish a digital ecosystem that aggregates internet traffic from Africa and the Middle East."

Scheduled to be built in early 2021 once the data centre itself has completed construction, the new exchange will be managed using IX-as-a-Service (IXaaS), a AMS-IX solution that enables global organisations to set up and run internet exchanges.

It will also support Telecom Egypt in its efforts to improve the quality of internet services in Egypt and expedite the development of Egypt's ICT infrastructure and digital services as well as contribute to regional digital transformation.

"AMS-IX has been working at the core of the internet for over 25 years,” added Peter van Burgel, CEO of AMS-IX.

“We are delighted and proud to work with Telecom Egypt, the leading telecom carrier in Egypt, to enhance the country’s connectivity.”

In related news, Telecom Egypt recently announced that it signed an agreement with the St Helena Government to connect the Island to Telecom Egypt’s subsea system over the Equiano submarine cable system.

Additionally, AMS-IX recorded peak traffic of 9Tbps on 1 November around 7.30 PM a new ‘all-time record’ for the company.