The Gulf economy is booming and so is the region’s data traffic. HDTV, online gaming, multimedia, and cloud computing are driving data traffic here as well. Until now, Internet service providers in the GCC region have had to exchange their traffic via Europe, Asia or North America, leading to high latency rates. Initiated by the UAE’s Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) and supported by DE-CIX, UAE-IX delivers a highly available local alternative for regional traffic exchange, localizing Internet content. It will dramatically improve routing efficiency and the quality of the Internet experience for end-users.
Internet hub in the GCC
“Across continents, data traffic is on the rise,” says Harald A. Summa, Managing Director of DE-CIX Management GmbH in Frankfurt. “The Internet’s global infrastructure must grow with it so that data travel shorter distances to get to users. As the operator of the largest Internet exchange in the world, we have drawn on our long-standing expertise to help design UAE-IX. UAE-IX will turn the GCC into an independent international hub for the digital economy and will no doubt attract Internet service providers from Europe, Africa and even India, Pakistan and China.”
The TRA stated “The TRA is pleased to be behind the UAE Internet Exchange, the open peering platform in the Middle-East fostering reliable and robust connectivity within the region and beyond”, adding “the UAE Internet Exchange will dramatically improve the end-customer experience for connected operators.”
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