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UAE-IX supports first Middle East Peering Forum in Dubai

DE-CIX promotes Internet infrastructure development in the Middle East

Frankfurt/Main and Dubai, 05 February 2013 - The first Middle East Peering Forum (MPF) will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on 7 March 2013. UAE-IX, the carrier-neutral Internet exchange point (IXP) in the Middle East managed by DE-CIX Management GmbH in Frankfurt, is one of MPF's main supporters. The event is aimed at peering coordinators around the world but has a special focus on peering experts from the Middle East. Public peering is the exchange of IP-based data traffic between Internet service providers through Internet exchange points like DE-CIX in Frankfurt or UAE-IX in Dubai.

"In October 2012, we put the UAE-IX Internet exchange in operation", says Harald Summa, CEO of DE-CIX, "because we are convinced that, in the Middle East - a bridge between Europe and Asia - an efficient digital infrastructure and an agile Internet economy can develop. The fact that we were able to interconnect more than ten regional and international service providers in the first eight weeks confirms this. By supporting the first Middle East Peering Forum, we want to continue to advance this trend. Our aim is to bring regional and international market participants together to make it possible to take the next steps in setting the course for a booming Internet economy in the Middle East."

The Middle East Peering Forum is a platform for peering coordinators, IXP operators and other industry representatives to share technical knowledge and best practices, discuss industry trends and developments and provide networking opportunities to initiate new peering arrangements or enhance existing ones. The MPF will take place on 7 March 2013 during the MENOG Conference (5 -14 March 2013) in Dubai.

Further information about the event is available at:

About UAE-IX
The UAE-IX in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), is a carrier-neutral Internet traffic exchange platform that interconnects global networks and, above all, network operators and content providers in the GCC region. The UAE-IX is managed by DE-CIX Management GmbH, one of the world's largest operators of Internet exchange points, based in Frankfurt, Germany. The UAE-IX is built on a fully redundant switching platform located in a carrier-neutral secure datacenter in Dubai. The UAE-IX will reduce latency times by up to 80 per cent and costs by up to 70 per cent for GCC providers. Regional data travel shorter distances which dramatically improves the quality of the Internet experience for end-users. Further information available at:

About DE-CIX
DE-CIX German Internet Exchange is the central, international Internet exchange in Frankfurt am Main. DE-CIX enables the exchange of IP-traffic, the so called peering between Internet Service Providers through a distributed, failsafe, and highly scalable switch infrastructure. Founded in 1995, DE-CIX today is the most important Internet exchange for Central and Eastern Europe, and the largest Internet exchange worldwide for data throughput. Over 480 ISPs from over 50 countries carry out an essential part of their Internet traffic through DE-CIX. The independent carrier-neutral owner and operator of the Internet exchange is DE-CIX Management GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of eco e.V., German Internet Industry Association based in Cologne. Further information available at:

Press Contact for DE-CIX:
Birgit Osterholt
Phone: +49 (0)69-1730902-53
E-Mail: [email protected]

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