XConnect, Extol Team Up, Unveil AIX

May 12th, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

New York isn’t the only market getting some new interconnection options, as new IX is now springing up in Southeast Asia. The ENUM and IPX specialist XConnect and the Kuala Lumpur-based ICT solutions provider Extol have announced plans to launch the Asia Interconnect Exchange, or AIX.

AIX will provide service providers throughout the region with both IP and VoIP interconnection capabilities. The main focus will be Malaysia and Indonesia, but others may perhaps find it useful as well. Having native VoIP and video interconnection options will be critical for all regions as the TDM world starts to fade away over the next 5-10 years.  As internet traffic in general continues to climb in all corners of the globe, I expect we will see more such exchanges pop up.

I find it interesting that the announcement managed not to mention the nearby regional mega hub of Singapore even once.  A bit of regional rivalry perhaps? Regardless, it surely also simply reflects a growing desire in Malaysia and Indonesia for a more diverse regional infrastructure base.


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