The Internet and all its applications have almost become part of our senses these days. Many of us feel the need to be online 24 hours a day, to be interconnected with friends, family, colleagues and customers, or with the world at large. This interconnectivity of people is fed by the interconnectivity of the networks they are using, which is the main purpose of AMS-IX.
Established in the early 1990s as a not-for-profit organisation, AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) is a neutral and independent Internet Exchange based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Now interconnecting hundreds of networks by offering professional IP exchange services, also called peering services. Peering enables these connected networks to offer stable, fast and cost-effective Internet services to their end-users and business customers. Peering is what makes the Internet robust and resilient, a network of networks all linked together.
Additionally, peering is not limited to fixed data or traditional ISPs. AMS-IX serves a very diverse and unique mix of Internet companies including international carriers, mobile operators, content providers, hosting and cloud companies, application providers, tv broadcasters, gaming companies and other related businesses - all unified in one community: AMS-IX.
AMS-IX interconnects close to 650 IP networks and its business traffic has a peak of over 2.5 Terabit per second, making it the largest Internet Exchange in the world. AMS-IX additionally hosts the first mobile peering points worldwide: the Global GPRS Roaming Exchange (GRX), the Mobile Data Exchange (MDX), and the first interconnection of IPX networks (Inter-IPX). AMS-IX deploys two Internet Exchanges abroad - AMS-IX Hong Kong in the Asia Pacific region and AMS-IX Caribbean on Curacao. Currently, the AMS-IX East Africa Exchange Point is being built in Mombasa, Kenya. AMS-IX’s subsidiary AMS-IX USA Inc. deploys AMS-IX New York in the United States.