Internet exchange company DE-CIX will move into Equinix’s IL2 data center in Istanbul.

The expansion will let the company establish a link between Turkey’s MedNautilus submarine cable landing station and IL2. The 5,700 km (3,500 mile)-long MedNautilus connects countries bordering the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Clients at the data center will now only need a cross-connect to link up with DE-CIX Istanbul. The deployment will also give the Internet exchange customers direct access to Equinix’s colocation services.

Ivo Ivanov, CEO of DE-CIX, said: “Extending our presence in Istanbul with our long-term partner Equinix, shows we are building robust, secure and reliable interconnection bridges across continents.

"Istanbul itself owns a unique strategic position within Eurasia, and DE-CIX is here to strengthen this position with its customers and partners. We believe Istanbul is the interconnection gateway to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, with huge future potential.”


Keith Shaw, EMEA Business Development at Equinix, said: “We are excited to be working with DE-CIX and look forward to helping them grow their presence in this flourishing market.

"As the world’s leading Internet Exchange operator, DE-CIX’s expanded presence with Equinix will be a key driver in facilitating digital transformation across the region.”

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DE-CIX operates more than 20 carrier-neutral Internet Exchanges in Europe, India, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and North America.

The company’s Frankfurt Internet Exchange is the largest worldwide in terms of peak traffic, with a maximum data throughput of more than 8.1Tbps.

In July, the company completed its latest project, DE-CIX Frankfurt 2020, to expand and accelerate its network switching speeds. As part of the project, two Nokia SR14s (IP routing platforms) were installed at the company's FRA 2 and FRA 6 sites (Interxion).

Two fully automated patch robots (Sir Patchalot and Margaret Patcher) were also installed.

With the help of these bots, customers can be connected or upgraded within a few minutes without the need for physical intervention from a technician.