Equinix opens new internet exchange in the Middle East to support international connectivity
In the Middle East new internet exchanges are like buses, first there are none and then they all come at once.
Equinix has opened a new Internet Exchange (IX) in Muscat, Oman, which will create a regional peering hub for networks, content providers and large enterprises to exchange internet traffic across the Middle East and global markets.
The plan for the new internet exchange was first announced in 2018. With the new facility, Equinix says it is the first company with an internet exchange in Oman, which will help cater to the needs of the Middle East region.
The Qatar government recently announced the opening of its own new internet exchange to help support the impending needs of the forthcoming Fifa World Cup and other big events.
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Equinix says its IX will expand peering capabilities at the digital edge in proximity to dense populations of users, apps, data and content. This enables service providers and their customers to operate more efficiently, improving end-to-end network performance, speed and reliability, while reducing overall IP transit costs.
Jeroen Schlosser, managing director of Equinix MENA, said: “As IP traffic growth continues to accelerate it is more important than ever that the IP peering community has a scalable, reliable and globally consistent internet exchange solution in all markets where they want to peer traffic.
“Oman is strategically positioned between Asia, Africa and Europe, and with our partnership with local telco Omantel, we will create a peering hub that will allow drivers of internet traffic to efficiently peer traffic and expand operations across the world.”
The IX will be hosted at the firm’s new International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in Muscat, the capital of Oman, where carriers, content providers and cloud providers can colocate their critical IT infrastructure.
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