DE-CIX has announced the creation of a joint venture in Mumbai that will offer interconnection to the Indian marketplace. The JV is called DE-CIX Interwire India plc and will do business under the name "Mumbai IX powered by DE-CIX".
DE-CIX's Indian plans were first unveiled back in January of this year when they signed an memorandum of understanding with Interwire, the local technology group that owns and operates Mumbai IX. Having a local partner is a key to success in accessing the Indian marketplace, which has been a rather tough neighborhood lately when it comes to telecommunications and data services.
Mumbai is a giant potential market of 23 million people though, with easy access to the broader Indian marketplace as well as major subsea cables with direct connectivity to the rest of the world. DE-CIX would certainly love to replicate its success in Frankfurt in such a market. First on the agenda is expanding the number of connected ASNs, with a target of 130 by the end of the year.