DE-CIX, PTCL partner to establish internet exchange in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: DE-CIX – the world’s leading internet exchange (IX) operator and Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) on Wednesday signed a strategic partnership to establish an internet exchange (IX) in Pakistan. The IX will be housed as a redundant setup in the data centers of PTCL.
“With a population of over 200 million and internet usage growing incredibly fast, Pakistan needs local interconnection and its internet connectivity will be strongly enhanced through this partnership. We want to serve the great demand for increasing the speed, quality and stability of internet connectivity to guarantee the best experience possible for end users and businesses in the market,” commented Ivo Ivanov, CEO, DE-CIX, after the signing ceremony at an event in Middle East.
“This will also attract more national and international internet and cloud service providers to do business there and grow a vibrant local digital ecosystem, to offer the people in Pakistan the best access to local and international information, content and services,” Ivanov continued.
“We are very glad and thrilled to collaborate with DE-CIX to bring this state-of-the-art interconnection facility to Pakistan,” said Zarrar Hasham Khan, Group Chief Business Solutions Officer at PTCL & Ufone.
He added, “As the largest integrated ICT company, we are committed to advancing the country’s digital infrastructure to support widespread digitalization and this collaboration is a significant step forward in achieving that goal. Our nationwide network and DE-CIX’s interconnection infrastructure will serve as a foundation to enhance internet experience of our customers while facilitating the local hosting of content by international platforms.”