Telecom Egypt, Egypt’s first integrated telecom operator and one of the largest subsea cable operators in the region, has announced that EG-IX, the first open access internet exchange in Egypt, is live and available for customers.
The new internet exchange, powered by AMS-IX, (Amsterdam Internet Exchange, a neutral member-based association that operates multiple interconnection platforms around the world), is intended to enhance the digital experience of internet users in Egypt, Africa and the Middle East.
EG-IX is hosted inside Telecom Egypt’s largest certified tier III data centre which is located in Smart Village in West Cairo and named Regional Data Hub (RDH). RDH is connected with advanced fully meshed network securing access to 14 submarine cable systems. This number will increase to 18 cable systems by 2025, says Telecom Egypt.
EG-IX is based on the IX-as-a-Service (IXaaS) solution offered by AMS-IX, the leading interconnection platform service provider, and will act as an open access internet exchange platform for large content delivery network, application and cloud providers and telecom carriers who are looking to enhance the digital experience of end customers in MEA region.
IXaaS solution supports Telecom Egypt's setting up and running of a state-of-the-art internet exchange point in Egypt, capitalizing on more than 25 years of AMS-IX’s experience in such fields.
The EG-IX platform will support Telecom Egypt in its efforts to improve the quality of internet services in Egypt. Moreover, this exchange point will strengthen Egypt’s position as an international connectivity hub, further highlighting the potential of the growing digital sector in the region.