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AMS-IX expands its Data Center footprint to Smartdc Rotterdam

AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange), one of the world’s largest internet hubs, is expanding its data center footprint in the Netherlands with a Point of Presence in Smartdc Rotterdam.

Amsterdam, 13 July 2021 – AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange), one of the world’s largest internet hubs, is expanding its data center footprint in the Netherlands with a Point of Presence in Smartdc Rotterdam. It is the first time in the history of the organization that AMS-IX adds PoPs outside the Amsterdam metro area to the exchange in Amsterdam.

According to the governmental body of the Rotterdam–The Hague metropolitan area, these expansions of AMS-IX are a great stimulus for the establishment of tech and enterprise companies in the region. Through AMS-IX, companies have direct connections with a multitude of networks regionally and globally and can therefore guarantee the high quality and efficiency of digital services to be delivered. Many applications benefit from this enhanced connectivity, including live streaming, provisioning of business software, online gaming, the delivery of video calling services, or just facilitating an efficient set-up of extensive company networks.

AMS-IX is one of the largest internet exchanges in the world and has more than 875 networks connected to the exchange in Amsterdam, including companies like eBay, Akamai, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Tele2, i3D.net, and many more.

“The arrival of AMS-IX is of great importance for the growth of the economy in our region. The Rotterdam–The Hague metropolitan area is an attractive location for tech companies and has the ambition to host many more top-tier companies in the future. In addition to the establishment of AMS-IX, it also means speeding up the rollout of fiber optics and 5G.”

- Saskia Bruines, alderman for Economy in The Hague and administrative leader of Digital Economy and 5G of the Rotterdam–The Hague metropolitan area

AMS-IX will start building the extension in South Holland this summer and should be ready in the fall.

“These new locations are of great importance for our ambitions. Rotterdam–The Hague metropolitan area has the potential to grow into a major tech hub, so it is important for us to have a presence here. Several large technology companies are already established in the Rotterdam–The Hague metropolitan area, and there are no restrictions to facilitate rapid growth.”

- Peter van Burgel, CEO of AMS-IX

“Smartdc pays close attention to optimizing its carrier ecosystem, offering an exceptional mix of in-house Tier-1 carriers and connectivity providers. With the expansion of a PoP from AMS-IX, Smartdc can offer a unique mix in terms of connectivity, allowing customers to directly pick up and connect local and international connections”

- Richard Boogaard, Managing Director of Smartdc

About Smartdc

Smartdc offers performance-oriented data centers with an extensive in-house carrier ecosystem. Smartdc Rotterdam is one of the largest data centers in South Holland, with 3500 m² of floor space. Smartdc Rotterdam is connected to the industrial 23kV power network, which is significantly less susceptible to interference than the regular 10kV network. In addition, Smartdc Rotterdam offers an on-site support team and a network operations center. This allows Smartdc to offer an optimal uptime to its clients and to think along about the best technical solutions for your network connections. Learn more about us at Smartdc.net or connect with us on LinkedIn.

About AMS-IX

AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) is a neutral and independent association that manages a number of interconnection platforms around the world. The platform in Amsterdam has been active for over 25 years and is one of the largest hubs for internet traffic in the world. Peak traffic in Amsterdam is currently more than 10 Terabits per second. Service providers, telecom companies, cloud providers, and other internet companies that route their internet traffic through AMS-IX are assured of fast, direct, efficient, cost-effective, and secure routes for their internet traffic. This allows them to provide their customers with optimal digital experiences. More information at www.ams-ix.net

About Rotterdam–The Hague metropolitan area

The Rotterdam–The Hague metropolitan area counts 23 municipalities, 2.4 million people, and 1.2 million jobs, employing 13.5% of the population in the Netherlands. The 23 municipalities together form the administrative partnership Rotterdam–The Hague metropolitan area (MRDH). The Rotterdam–The Hague metropolitan area contributes 15% to the GDP, with other activities in this area including the port industry, greenhouse horticulture, a high-tech cluster, and the cybersecurity sector. MRDH has set itself two main ambitions: to renew the economy and to further improve accessibility. More information at www.mrdh.nl

Media contacts

For more information on this press release:

Smartdc

Maurice Klapwijk, Marketing & Communication Specialist
Tel: +31 (0)10 890 0048
Email: maurice.klapwijk@smartdc.net

AMS-IX

Tel: +31 (0)6 14603927
Email: bram.semeijn@ams-ix.net

InnovationQuarter

Annet Veenstra, Press Officer
+31 (0)6 36 35 50 60
annet.veenstra@innovationquarter.nl
www.innovationquarter.nl

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