Amsterdam Internet Exchange opens in Mumbai as internet penetration deepens
India has 462 million internet users with experts predicting the figure to nearly double to 730 million users by 2020.
The Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) has partnered with ICT service provider Sify to launch AMS-IX India in Mumbai.
The opening of the carrier neutral internet exchange aims to take advantage of the accelerated internet growth in the Indian market.
Mumbai was chosen by the AMS-IX due to the high penetration rate for internet usage in the metropolitan area and its ease to reach to other parts of the country.
According to Internet World Stats, as of June 2016, India was the second country in the world (behind China) with the highest number of internet users at more than 462 million.
However, in terms of penetration, the country is behind as only 36.5% of the 1,266,883,598 population accesses the internet.
The new IX plans to build on this and help accelerate growth even more by allowing content providers and eyeball networks to exchange their internet traffic.
By sitting in the city, AMS-IX India will also gain access some of India’s largest data centres from operators such as Tata Communications, HNS, Sify, Mumbai DC, NTT Communications and Net4India.
Customers will be able to connect to the IX via dedicated ports with speeds of (multiple) 1Gbps or 10Gbps.
AMS-IX India will serve Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Internet Content Providers (ICPs), and Telecom operators in the Indian market.
Job Witteman, CEO of AMS-IX, said: “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.”
Raju Vegesna, chairman of Sify, said: “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.”