EG-IX, Egypt’s first open access Internet Exchange, is now operational and available for clients. The new Internet Exchange, which is powered by AMS-IX, aims to improve internet users’ digital experiences throughout Egypt, Africa, and the Middle East. This EG-IX platform will support Telecom Egypt in its efforts to improve the quality of internet services in Egypt.
EG-IX is housed at Telecom Egypt’s largest certified tier III data center, dubbed Regional Data Hub (RDH), and is located in Smart Village in West Cairo (RDH). Telecom Egypt is an integrated telecom operator and one of the region’s major subsea cable providers. RDH is connected to an advanced fully meshed network that provides access to 14 submarine cable systems, with the number of cable systems expected to expand to 18 by 2025.
EG-IX is built on AMS-IX’s IX-as-a-Service (IXaaS) technology. It will serve as an open access Internet Exchange Platform for big content delivery networks, application and cloud providers, and telecom operators in the MEA area wanting to improve end users’ digital experiences.
“We are pleased to announce that EG-IX, which is hosted within the RDH, the largest tier III certified data center in Egypt is going live now in partnership with AMS-IX,” said Mr. Adel Hamed, Managing Director and CEO at Telecom Egypt. “The launch of the EG-IX platform will support Egypt’s digital transformation plans. This step will not only enhance the country’s internet ecosystem, but also support the ongoing regional efforts to establish a regional digital ecosystem that aggregates internet traffic from Africa and the Middle East.”
Connect and Exchange Traffic
The IXaaS solution assists Telecom Egypt in establishing and operating a state-of-the-art Internet Exchange Platform in Egypt, using AMS-IX’s more than 25 years of experience in this field.
Egypt’s position as an international connection center would be strengthened by this exchange point, underlining the region’s rising digital sector’s potential.
“The launch of EG-IX is a great milestone for AMS-IX, Telecom Egypt and the Internet community,” said Peter van Burgel, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at AMS-IX. “This new Internet Exchange will enable networks from all over the world to directly connect and exchange traffic, which will lower the cost of peering, reduce latency, and enhance the quality of the Internet for countless end users.”