DE-CIX has created a joint venture to serve the Indian market with DE-CIX’s state-of-the art Internet Exchange services, offering carrier and data center neutral premium interconnection services to all local and global small, mid-size and large market actors. With the Mumbai IX powered by DE-CIX, DE-CIX will operate its 12th Internet Exchange (IX) globally. DE-CIX customers will have easy access to the Indian market through Mumbai IX, which will build the foundation of the digital infrastructure in Mumbai and India with its premium interconnection services.
Speaking about the new joint venture, Ivo Ivanov, Chief Strategic Officer at DE-CIX, says: “With our entry into the second largest Internet market worldwide, we see major business and growth opportunities. Our own market analysis and expert’s opinions see India and especially Mumbai as the digital place-to-be when it comes to data transit and traffic. With close to 23 million inhabitants, major sea cable connections, a leading harbor and excellent airport facilities, the metro market of Mumbai is offering us a once in a lifetime chance to establish our business in this region.”
Building and boosting Indian digital infrastructure
The partnership is based on a joint venture with Interwire, a local technology group that operates the Mumbai Internet Exchange Mumbai IX. The newly founded DE-CIX Interwire India plc will operate under the Mumbai IX powered by DE-CIX brand. DE-CIX CEO Harald A. Summa is pleased with the joint venture: “We carefully analyzed the Indian market for partners who have the same spirit and growth ambitions as DE-CIX has. In Interwire, we are sure that we have found the right company – an Internet Exchange, which is also able to pursue our carrier and data center neutral strategy. We are aiming to nearly double the number of connected ASNs by the end of the year. Mumbai IX powered by DE-CIX will bring markets and networks together.”
Nikhil Rathi, Director of Interwire Internet Services, comments that: “The Mumbai IX is made in India for India in close collaboration and under supervision of the DE-CIX Headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. Mumbai IX powered by DE-CIX - as one unit are aiming for both market and technology leadership with a data center and carrier neutral and distributed approach, building and boosting the Indian digital infrastructure.”