Etisalat launches Smarthub IX

Investment enhances UAE's position as a regional telecoms hub

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Etisalat launches Smarthub IX Etisalat is investing heavily in data centre kit to help make the UAE a regional hub for data.
By  Roger Field Published  March 6, 2013

Etisalat has launched Smarthub IX, a regional Internet exchange and IP transit facility enabling regional and global Internet service providers to access global content.

The UAE telco announced the launch on Monday during the Capacity Middle East event in Dubai.

Smarthub IX will connect multiple diverse regional and international networks to other Internet exchanges (IXs) across the globe, mainly Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Singapore, New York and Los Angeles.

In the Middle East, Etisalat's Smarthub is the largest regional content hub, hosting and providing regional connectivity for Yahoo!, Microsoft, Blackberry, Akamai and CDNNetworks as well as the region's most watched video streaming services.

The investment complements the introduction of Smarthub IPX, a neutral mobile Internet exchange, which Etisalat launched last November.

Ali Amiri, executive vice president, Carrier and Wholesale Services, Etisalat, said: "Etisalat's Smarthub is the largest regional centre for Internet content providers, IP transit services and international capacity, adding a peering exchange will further enhance UAE's position as a regional communications and content hub. Smarthub IX will enable cloud, video and e-commerce providers to get closer to their customers in the region.

"Content providers want reliable, easy and cost-effective access to network operators who want easy access to content. The launch of Smarthub IX has addressed this need among providers and is a natural evolution in the Smarthub journey," he added.

"Etisalat is the first in the region to offer IPTransit through Emix, UAE's Internet exchange, the region's most important IP Transit facility. Smarthub IX will further enable the region's largest ISP's to reach out to global markets as well as them connecting to the region."

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Conveniently left out the fact that this is a service from Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX)

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