DE-CIX, the world’s leading internet exchange operator, has partnered with Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), the largest integrated ICT company in Pakistan, to establish an internet exchange (IX) in the country. The IX will be housed in PTCL’s data centers as a redundant setup, and it will be operated by DE-CIX under the DE-CIX as a Service (DaaS) model. The interconnection platform, built on DE-CIX’s award-winning infrastructure, will provide peering, cloud connectivity, and other interconnection services. Technical implementation is planned for 2023.
The interconnection platform will serve as a hub for regional connectivity, allowing local networks low-latency interconnection and localization of global content, while enhancing network stability, scalability, and security. Pakistan’s growing population and internet usage demand local interconnection, and this partnership will increase internet connectivity speed, quality, and stability, offering the best experience possible for end-users and businesses in the market.
DE-CIX CEO, Ivo Ivanov, stated that the partnership will attract more national and international internet and cloud service providers to do business in Pakistan and grow a vibrant local digital ecosystem. Zarrar Hasham Khan, Group Chief Business Solutions Officer at PTCL & Ufone, expressed excitement to collaborate with DE-CIX, and the interconnection facility will support widespread digitalization and help accelerate Pakistan’s digital economy.
The new IX in Pakistan will be the 13th DE-CIX Internet Exchange announced under the DaaS model, joining other success stories such as the UAE-IX in Dubai. The DaaS program includes a set of services designed for digital infrastructure operators to create their IX and interconnection platform, fully operated by DE-CIX. DE-CIX delivers the technical set-up needed for an internet exchange as a fully pre-configured and standardized “DE-CIX in a box” solution that is easy to plug and play.
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