Neutral Internet Exchange on the Red Sea Coast: DE-CIX and Aqaba Digital Hub Announce AqabaIX

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DE-CIX, a leading interconnection platform operator, and Aqaba Digital Hub, a landmark project addressing the growing demand for modern digital transformation in Jordan and the MENA region, today announced a strategic partnership for the future activities of “AqabaIX powered by DE-CIX”. The existing AqabaIX infrastructure, with 13 connected networks and over 100 Gbps peak traffic, will be upgraded to the DE-CIX Apollon interconnection infrastructure and managed by DE-CIX under the DE-CIX as a Service (DaaS) model. The technical implementation of the upgrade is planned for the end of 2022. The new interconnection platform will serve as a new option for data flows between Asia, the Middle East and Europe and as a hub for regional connectivity.

“As a new corridor between Asia, the Middle East and Europe and as the enabler of regional connectivity between Jordan and its neighbours, AqabaIX represents a truly neutral crossroads for international data traffic. Jordan is home to an exciting technology scene and its economic stability provides a secure investment environment for companies interested in the region,” said Marco Brandstaetter, Middle East and India Regional Director at DE-CIX. “At DE-CIX, we are proud to support local and regional interconnection in this way and to further thrive Jordan’s already strong digital economy through high-quality interconnection services.”

Jordan is an educational center for the ICT sector and contributes to about 75% of the Arabic content on the internet. It is a neutral and stable economic center with an active technology and startup scene. Located on the Gulf of Aqaba, an arm of the Red Sea, AqabaIX is strategically located at the crossroads between multiple countries in the Middle East and is also home to a landing station for submarine cable systems.

Commenting on the new partnership with DE-CIX, Eyad Abu Khorma, Founder and CEO of Aqaba Digital Hub said: “We are proud to announce our newly formed partnership with DE-CIX, the world’s leading provider of carrier and data center interconnection services.This monumental partnership aims to deliver an amazing service of high-quality data exchange between participating networks – all to serve ISPs, CDNs, content networks, cloud networks and enterprise networks.It not only lowers data traffic latency, but also improves performance of cloud-based resources and applications.”

Home to the largest neutral interconnection ecosystem in the world, DE-CIX is celebrating its 10th anniversary in the region this year. AqabaIX itself is the 9th Internet Exchange announced under the DaaS model, joining such success stories as the UAE-IX powered by DE-CIX in Dubai (launched in 2012) and SEECIX powered by DE-CIX in Athens. The DaaS program includes a range of services – such as installation, maintenance, delivery, marketing and sales support – designed for data center operators or other third parties to create their own internet exchange and interconnection platform fully managed by DE-CIX. DE-CIX provides the technical setup needed for an Internet Exchange as a fully preconfigured and standardized “DE-CIX in a box” solution – easy to connect and play.

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