The leading carrier and data center neutral Internet Exchange (IX) operator on the Indian sub-continent, DE-CIX India, published its annual growth report for 2020, a year marked by a global pandemic. In 2020, DE-CIX India experienced an enormous growth of 75% in total customer bandwidth and 53% customer growth, as well as a peak traffic record of 1.5 Tbit/s. In this period, DE-CIX Mumbai gained the ranking of the second-largest IX in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, based on connected networks.
Further, due to the global pandemic, the country experienced huge changes in data traffic. Between February and December 2020, OTT & Video on Demand grew by a whopping 1,317%, while gaming grew by 1,007%. Similarly, ISP traffic grew by 397%, whereas traffic from content delivery networks rose by 328%. Data traffic at social & online media grew by 210% during this period. To cope with this exponential rise in traffic, DE-CIX India expanded its geographical presence to 15 data centers across the nation. This included Sify Technologies, GPX2 in Mumbai, and STT Telemedia’s (Tata Communications) data centers in Chennai and Delhi entering the DE-CIX India portfolio. Additionally, DE-CIX India expanded its DWDM network capacity in all four markets and increased capacity up to 320GE.
Mr. Sudhir Kunder, Country Director, DE-CIX India, said, “Covid-19 and the ensuing lockdown opened gates to new permanent realities, bringing a reliance on data and technology like never before. Yes, there were huge changes and challenges, but we are proud to have coped amazingly well with them. Even with the massive rise in demand, the Internet has held firm, and we have been able to serve our customers efficiently and continue to do so. As such, we have been able to become market leaders with a rapidly growing customer base, thus significantly impacting and redefining the market. With our first-in-class initiatives, our customers are able to grow smoothly – and in that, we define our success.”
DE-CIX India interconnects more than 375 networks including the ISPs, content delivery networks, cloud companies, OTTs, and other network providers, along with educational institutes in the connected networks. This year DE-CIX India launched the DirectCLOUD service at DE-CIX Mumbai, giving customers access to the DE-CIX Cloud Exchange and enabling them to connect to the global cloud services provided by Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, and Oracle. Thus, businesses across all industries were offered game-changing opportunities.