Saudi Telecom Company to Launch JED-IX Internet Exchange in Jeddah

Saudi Telecom Company to Launch JED-IX Internet Exchange in Jeddah

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has decided to launch the JED-IX in collaboration with UK-based London Internet Exchange (Linx). It iss an Internet exchange driven by Linx in Jeddah city of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Telecom Company to Launch JED-IX Internet Exchange in Jeddah

Furthermore, JED-IX is a neutral Internet traffic exchange platform that interconnects networks worldwide. Additionally, it will connect all network operators and content providers in the GCC region. It iss built on a fully redundant switching platform located in a neutral secure STC datacentre in Jeddah.

Saudi Telecom Company to Launch JED-IX Internet Exchange in Jeddah

Alan Whelan, VP of STC Wholesale, said:

Our ambition is to develop JED-IX into the leading internet and data hub in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region.

He further added that:

In Linx we have a global leading IX partner who will help accelerate the delivery of this ambition and create a thriving interconnection eco system in the kingdom.

Linx CEO John Souter said:

The exchange will allow networks to stop ‘tromboning’ traffic to London and back again, and will help increase resilience by creating a new centre for interconnection in Saudi Arabia.

Kurt Erik Lindqvist, chief marketing officer, Linx, said:

The new partnership between STC and us forms an exciting milestone in the expansion of our company’s global presence and builds on our aim of ‘Working for the Good of the Internet’ globally.

According to STC, the main focus of this initiative is to establish Saudi Arabia as a center for telecoms connectivity. Specifically, in the Mena region, in line with the Saudi Vision 2030. Additionally, ss per the deal, Linx will maintain the operation of JED-IX driven by Linx going forward.

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