UAE-based operator Du is in the final stages of commissioning a neutral internet exchange that will serve ISPs in the Middle East, Commsmea reports. According to Andrew Grenville, executive VP for investments, most internet traffic in the Middle East is currently stored on IX servers in Europe, Asia and the US, which increases latency for end-users and forces operators to spend more on international capacity.
Du, which is working with the UAE's TRA on the project, hopes to address the situation by developing an IX that will have enough critical mass to become a hub for the entire region. Grenville said that the UAE's IX is currently situated in a data centre in Dubai and is going through the "last stages of commissioning". He added that to gain sufficient scale, a single IX to serve the region is required, rather than smaller IXs in different countries in the region.
Source: Telecom Paper