Internet exchange operator DE-CIX is expanding its footprint with an Internet exchange (IX) in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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DE-CIX has formed a joint venture (JV) with PT IDMarco Digital Solusi, a subsidiary of the Salim group, to run the IX. The JV will be known as PT DE-CIX Indonesia.

The IX will be distributed across multiple data centers in Jakarta using the DE-CIX Apollon platform which has full 100G, 400G, and 800G Ethernet capabilities, will have Cloud Exchange capabilities and security features, and will provide data to customers to help them better understand their traffic patterns.

It will also be connected to DE-CIX’s footprint across Southeast Asia, directly connected to Singapore and thus the other locations including Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru, Malaysia; Brunei; and Manila, Philippines.

“Indonesia, with the largest population and the fastest-growing economy in Southeast Asia, is the next logical step for DE-CIX in the region,” said Ivo Ivanov, CEO of DE-CIX.

“Our integrated solution supports the ongoing transformation of content and traffic localization in the ASEAN region. Mega hubs like Singapore and Hong Kong will continue to be important, however, we expect to see the main growth in markets such as Jakarta. With the arrival of DE-CIX Apollon in Jakarta, all networks in Indonesia are invited to take advantage of DE-CIX’s best-in-class platform.”

Thomas Dragono, director of IDMarco Digital, said: “There has been a quiet investment made in basic digital infrastructure for the last 10 years, thus allowing Indonesia’s Internet penetration to increase significantly over the last five years, especially during the 2020 pandemic from both mobile and fixed broadband.

“More and more people are becoming aware of the importance of good quality Internet, not just solely relying on fiber optic cables or the latest VSAT technology for connectivity. With the presence of this world-class Internet Exchange, we can accelerate the realization of better Internet quality for Indonesia. We are witnessing a new history being written.”

Indonesia has close to 1,000 independent networks, a number that has doubled in the last five years, and over 40 subsea cables land on its shore with six planned for the coming years.

The country is home to several data centers, including a 600MW campus from DCI Indonesia, and STT GDC Jakarta data center, and a Pure DC facility also in the capital. Earlier this year, Area31 committed to investing $67.5m in its data center in Depok, Indonesia.