DE-CIX, a provider of Internet Exchange (IX) services operating several carrier-neutral and independent Internet exchanges internationally, including DE-CIX Frankfurt, Germany; DE-CIX New York, USA; and UAE-IX in Dubai, UAE, has launched its new Internet exchange in Istanbul, Turkey. In addition, DE-CIX International acquired the Istanbul Internet Exchange (IST-IX), founded by Terremark.
DE-CIX Istanbul will locate the first presence of its new platform in the MedNautilus building, a multi-tenant and carrier-neutral data center facility. The building houses colocation operators across several floors, including MedNautilus (part of the Telecom Italia Sparkle group), Turkcell/Superonline and Verizon. All of the other data center floors will be DE-CIX-enabled.
The building is also served with capacity from all of the major national Turkish and a large number of international carriers. This includes being a landing station for the MedNautilus subsea cable backbone, which serves the Mediterranean basin. Because of this strong connectivity into the MedNautilus data center facility, customers would immediately have an abundant and diverse community of carriers to choose from.
Furthermore, the DE-CIX service will be available in more than fifteen additional data center facilities across the city of Istanbul. Network operators can also take advantage of the DE-CIX Istanbul service in three other cities across Turkey, including Ankara, Bursa and Izmir.
In addition, DE-CIX International acquired the Istanbul Internet Exchange (IST-IX), founded by Terremark. IST-IX will be transferred to DE-CIX and upgraded to the DE-CIX Apollon platform – DE-CIX’s 100GE-enabled exchange backed by “best-in-class Service Level Agreements (SLAs).”
“DE-CIX Istanbul will become a network ‘center of gravity’ in a part of the world that is so important to the Internet,” said Harald A. Summa, CEO of DE-CIX. “We are combining a strong multi-carrier data center environment with DE-CIX Apollon and our experience in building out successful Internet exchanges. We intend to create a peering ecosystem that consists initially of both national and regional players that will evolve into an attractive world-class interconnection environment for the entire region.”