DE-CIX and Aqaba Digital Hub announced ‘AqabaIX powered by DE-CIX’

The new interconnection platform is set to serve as a new corridor for data flows between Asia, the Middle East, and Europe and as a hub for regional connectivity.

DE-CIX, the world’s leading data center- and carrier-neutral interconnection platform and Aqaba Digital Hub, a landmark project that taps into the growing demand for modern digital transformation in Jordan and the MENA Region, announced a strategic partnership for the future operations of “AqabaIX powered by DE-CIX”. This marks DE-CIX’s entry into Jordan which will be the 19th country for DE-CIX as part of its global expansion.

AqabaIX is the first and only Internet exchange in Jordan, licensed under NaiTel; the telecom arm of the Aqaba Digital Hub that is strategically located in the coastal city of Aqaba on the Red Sea, and has terrestrial and submarine cable access. It is a leading-edge technology company in the Middle East operating a regional fiber-optic network and a carrier-neutral that is Uptime-certified Tier- 3 data center in Aqaba, Jordan.

‘AqabaIX powered by DE-CIX’, with 12 networks connected and over 100 Gbps of peak traffic, will be upgraded to the award-winning DE-CIX Apollon interconnection infrastructure and operated by DE-CIX under the DE-CIX as a Service (DaaS) model by end of 2022.

Eyad Abu Khorma with Ivo Ivanov at the signing ceremony

Jordan is a neutral and stable economic center with an active tech and startup scene, and it has an educational hub for the ICT sector and a contributor of around 75% of Arabic content on the Internet. Located on the Gulf of Aqaba, an arm of the Red Sea, AqabaIX is strategically situated at the crossroads between multiple Middle Eastern countries and is also home and landing station for the forthcoming submarine cable system, linking the East with the West.

Marco Brandstaetter, Hazem Al-Khoury, Ivo Ivanov, Alex Boden, Harald Summa, Vinay Nagpal, Sudhir Kunder
AqabaIX and DE-CIX team members