Huge demand for interconnection, bandwidth and digital services

The leading carrier and data center neutral Internet Exchange operator on the Indian sub-continent, DE-CIX India, today published its annual growth report for 2020, which was marked by a global pandemic. In the year 2020, DE-CIX India experienced enormous growth of 75% in total customer bandwidth, a growth 53% customers and a traffic peak record on 1.5 Tbit/s. In this period, DE-CIX Mumbai gained the ranking of the second-largest IX, based on connected networks, in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region (in the PeeringDB ranking).

Further, due to the global pandemic, the country experienced huge changes in data traffic. between February to December 2020, OTT & Video on Demand grew a whopping 1,317%, while gaming grew at 1,007%. Similarly, ISP traffic grew at 397%, whereas traffic from content delivery networks rose 328%. Data traffic at social & online media grew by 210% during the same period. To cope with this exponential rise in traffic, DE-CIX India expanded its geographical presence to 15 data centers across the nation. These included Sify Technologies and GPX2 in Mumbai and STT Telemedia’s (Tata Communications) data centers in Chennai and Delhi finding their way into the DE-CIX India portfolio. Additionally, DE-CIX India expanded its DWDM network capacity in all four markets, and therefore replaced existing devices to increase capacity up to 320GE.

“Covid-19 and the ensuing lockdown opened gates to new permanent realities bringing a reliance on data and technology like never before. Yes, there were huge changes and challenges but we are proud to have coped amazingly well with them. Even with the massive rise in demand the Internet has held firm and we have been able to serve efficiently and continue to do so. With that we have been able to become market leaders with a rapidly growing customer base, thus significantly impacting and redefining the market. With our first-in-class initiatives our customers are able to navigate and grow smoothly and in that we define our success”, says Mr. Sudhir Kunder, Country Director, DE-CIX India.

DE-CIX India interconnects around 400+ networks including the ISPs, Content Delivery Networks, Cloud Companies, OTTs and other network providers, along with educational institutes in the connected networks. The year the company also launched DirectCLOUD service at the DE-CIX Mumbai location giving customers access to the DE-CIX Cloud Exchange enabling them to connect to the global cloud services provided by Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud; Amazon Web Services and Oracle. Thus, businesses across all industries were offered game-changing opportunities.


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