DE-CIX has found a new market to add to its growing list of internet exchanges. They'll be establishing a new IX at TI Sparkle's new Sicily Hub data center in Palermo.
Sicily is an interesting spot for an internet exchange, lying near the center of ancient trade routes between Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East and also near various submarine cables now traversing those same routes. TI Sparkle's extensive assets in the region make them a natural partner for DE-CIX to work with, and the release also suggests the two might collaborate in other Mediterranean markets.
This will be DE-CIX's sixth internet exchange, with its flagship exchange in Frankfurt, two other German outposts in Hamburg and Munich, and growing footholds in both New York City and Dubai. It's rather unlikely any of their other markets will reach the scale they've got in Frankfurt, of course, but DE-CIX's business model appears to work pretty well at more modest scales.