Telecom Egypt has announced that EG-IX, which it claims to be the first Open Access Internet Exchange in Egypt, is now live and available for customers. In a press release regarding the development, the operator said that EG-IX, powered by AMS-IX, 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 located in Smart Village in West Cairo, named Regional Data Hub (RDH); the data centre is connected with an advanced fully meshed network securing access to 14 submarine cable systems, to be increased to 18 cable systems by 2025. According to Telecom Egypt, EG-IX is based on the IX-as-a-Service (IXaaS) solution offered by AMS-IX 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 the MEA region.
Commenting, Adel Hamed, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, said: ‘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.’