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DE-CIX publishes 2019 business and growth figures

Frankfurt am Main, 24 June 2020. DE-CIX, the world's leading Internet Exchange operator, draws a positive conclusion from the 2019 business year. Overall, the business result, as well as the general growth of the more than 20 locations worldwide, exceeded expectations.  In the consolidated financial statement for 2019, worldwide revenues across all company parts grew by more than ten percent year-on-year to 39.6 million Euro. Revenues from international activities increased by more than 29 percent compared to 2018 and accounted for almost 15 percent of total revenue in 2019.

In addition, DE-CIX recorded consolidated global customer growth of more than 20 percent to over 1,900 customers by the end of 2019. The continued demand for more data capacity was also reflected in growth of over 27 percent in 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) ports and the 21 percent increase in customer connected bandwidth. In the sum of all locations worldwide, this reached more than 55 terabits (Tb) by the end of the year.

“Not only did we achieve a very good result in a highly competitive global market in 2019, but we are also looking forward to continuing this trend in our anniversary year 2020, when DE-CIX celebrates its 25th birthday. At the latest as a result of COVID-19, we have all now understood the importance of a secure and reliable global IT infrastructure. It gives people the chance to keep in virtual contact even during a global lockdown, and it enables learning and working from home. In this context, DE-CIX will continue in future to make a major contribution through its global ecosystem. We will strongly expand our cloud portfolio and interconnection services in order to further drive global digitization,” says Harald A. Summa, CEO of DE-CIX, about the company’s 2019 result and the outlook for 2020.

DE-CIX in its home market Germany – Frankfurt again breaks own world record  

In 2019, DE-CIX continued its record series in Frankfurt. By the end of the year, more than 950 networks were connected to the world’s largest Internet Exchange. The connected customer bandwidth rose by 12.8 percent to over 41 Tb. DE-CIX Frankfurt also broke its own world record twice: In September, the sound barrier of 7 Tbit/s in data throughput at peak times was broken, followed by a further record of 8.1 Tbit/s in mid-December.

The success of DE-CIX in Frankfurt is complemented by further positive developments at the regional Internet Exchanges in Germany. The locations in Hamburg, Dusseldorf and Munich recorded an aggregated customer growth of over 50 percent and close to 80 percent growth in connected customer bandwidth. Both Hamburg and Munich enjoyed growth of more than 50 percent in connected networks, while Düsseldorf performed excellently with strong growth of over 80 percent. The total number of customers connected to DE-CIX locations in Germany in 2019 rose by almost 13 percent to well over 1,000. 

Global growth continues to pick up speed – international expansion unabated 

In 2019, DE-CIX recorded continuous growth in all international regions from west to east. DE-CIX in North America, with its two locations in Dallas and New York, achieved an increase of over 30 percent in both the number of customers and the connected customer bandwidth. By the middle of the year, the business results of DE-CIX North America Inc. had already exceeded the break-even point, and the business year overall was brought to a positive conclusion.  

The Southern European DE-CIX Internet Exchanges in Lisbon, Madrid, Marseille and Palermo recorded considerable growth in 2019. The region experienced an overall increase in customer numbers of almost 35 per cent, with the customer bandwidth increasing by 60 per cent. Furthermore, DE-CIX Istanbul recorded growth of more than 55 percent in connected networks, while UAE-IX in Dubai increased connected customer bandwidth by more than 50 percent during the year.

The number of customers at Mumbai-IX in India increased by more than 40 percent. In addition, three new locations were opened in India in 2019: Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata.

“The strong global figures show that we have already established a long-term worldwide presence. We are among the top players not only in our home base of Frankfurt, but also in locations such as New York, Madrid, and Mumbai. DE-CIX has become a truly global brand, which we will extend to other regions around the globe in the coming years,” says Ivo Ivanov, CEO of DE-CIX International.

At the end of 2019, DE-CIX expanded its activities towards South East Asia, announcing its market entry by founding a joint venture. DE-CIX Malaysia will initially operate two locations, DE-CIX Kuala Lumpur and DE-CIX Johor Bahru. Further locations in the region are being planned.