2020 in numbers

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Word fromthe CEO

2020 will go down in history as the year in which the modern world confronted the first truly global pandemic. AMS-IX CEO Peter van Burgel shares his experiences as head of AMS-IX.

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Peter van Burgel,


“The COVID-19 outbreak had a huge impact on society and AMS-IX. Daily life was severely disrupted as a result of all the governments’ containment measures. The healthcare sector suffered (and still suffers) heavily. Governments around the world struggled to get on top of the pandemic, keeping their citizens safe and the economy going. ‘The world’ started working from home almost overnight which resulted in a steep incline of Internet traffic. Many organisations realized they need(ed) to make serious work of their digital strategy. As one of the global leading Internet Exchanges, AMS-IX had a front row seat to these developments. The exchange saw double digit traffic growth and 3 milestone peaks in just over a year, approaching the 10 Tbps peak.

The Interconnectivity market

Public Peering remains an important form of Interconnectivity. This is demonstrated by the steep incline in traffic across Internet Exchanges throughout 2020. Many of our existing customers upgraded their capacity, confirming our key role in reliable and trusted facilitation of exchanging Internet traffic. The number of new customers was relatively low in 2020, as most organisations implemented a budget freeze to wait and see what the pandemic would bring.

Despite the capacity and traffic growth, the underlying trends have not changed fundamentally. Consolidation continues to drive change in mature Internet markets. In other parts of the world, such as the Middle East, South East Asia, South America and Africa there is rapid growth as more and more users get online to benefit from digital and mobile services. This is also reflected in the growth of sea cables and data centres in those parts of the world. Finally, with technology trends such as Internet of Things (IoT), Edge and the push for 5G we are heading to a hyperconnected society that will require a solid mix of interconnectivity solutions, including Public Peering.

“In terms of business performance, I am proud of the team. They have done a great job despite the challenging circumstances”

Another important development is governments changing attitude and increasing interest in “Digital”. All aspects of life and society are moving to the virtual world, such as business, social interaction, criminality, national security, even espionage. Governments themselves are also becoming more digital in their interaction with their citizens and businesses. As an industry, we need to continue investing in the relationship with governments to bridge knowledge gaps and ‘differences’ to implement good, solid policies for our Digital Society.

Long term strategy – Innovate, Optimise, Grow

Based on our purpose of “building a better internet to contribute to a better society” we defined the following three Long Term Strategy pillars: Innovate, Optimise and Grow. Across all three strategic pillars, we see the results of the investments and hard work of the team. Together with a number of partners, we are developing new innovative solutions and services focused on open and neutral but secure exchange of data, specifically for Communities of Interest such as healthcare and other market segments.

  • Innovate

    Innovation is essential to remaining relevant in a consolidating market. AMS-IX is investing in both Market and Product Innovation to develop new value-added services for its members and customers

  • Optimise

    Every organisation needs to continuously optimise to increase efficiency and drive down cost. At AMS-IX, we are constantly looking for more efficient ways to run the platform and business. Therefore, we continue to invest in our Digital Transformation and create benefits from economies of scale for our customers

  • Grow

    Size does matter. Scaling up will support the push for more value to our members and customers. Additionally, to support the greater good of the Internet and the interests of our members and customers, size matters to remain relevant and having a ‘seat at the table’ of the multiple realms of influence, such as the EU, local government and the various Internet organisations

Our tech team is constantly optimizing the platform, deploying new technology and features to improve switching and routing efficiency. Although the platform could handle the strong growth, the team spend the second half of the year upgrading and updating the platform to support further growth. The investments in our Digital Transformation are showing with the release of new CRM and ERP tooling, phasing out legacy applications, updating the provisioning technology and preparing for end-to-end process automation and customer self-service. This also resulted in the launch of the new ams-ix.me community portal in December 2020. In 2021, new functionality will become available every month.

During the year, we experienced 35% traffic growth and almost 10% growth in 100 GE ports in Amsterdam alone, signifying the relevance of AMS-IX and Amsterdam as a leading connectivity hub. Based on our IXaaS (IX as a Service) offering, we will expand further in India together with our partner Sify by adding 4 new exchanges in 2021. During the year, AMS-IX signed two more international deals with Telecom Egypt for a new Exchange in Cairo and with SNS for a new Exchange in Uzbekistan, which will both launch in 2021. International expansion will continue throughout 2021 and beyond with many opportunities already lined up.

The company

The pandemic also had a big impact on AMS-IX. No longer able to travel to events and meet our customers and members or industry peers meant that we had to think of new ways to interact with our stakeholders. Throughout the year the team worked hard and supported colleagues in the difficult lockdown period. We also saw numerous initiatives from colleagues supporting each other, underpinning the pride of the AMS-IX team.

It took a while to get used to recruiting new employees through videoconferencing, let alone onboarding them, but we managed to do so and strengthen the team with a number of talented new colleagues. Of course, a number of colleagues also left the organisation, most notably Henk Steenman, who retired from AMS-IX in December after 18 years of service. It has been a personal privilege and honour to work with Henk for the past three years and we will miss his knowledge and experience. (On March 1st, 2021 Ruben van de Brink joined AMS-IX as the new CTO, taking over the responsibility for the full tech team.)

In terms of business performance, I am proud of the team. They have done a great job despite the challenging circumstances. We have made many improvements in a difficult operating environment, and we have been able to maintain our momentum. I am thinking of all the updates and upgrades to the platform, passing the ISO 27001 recertification audit, multiple releases in our Digital Transformation, but also the implementation of a new Employee Management system and updating our Core Values. We also laid the foundation for a Learning Management System and an upgrade of our mail and collaboration systems in 2021. Last but not least, together we agreed on a new Job Reference Framework with the Works Council.

2020 in numbers

AMS-IX is part of an industry that did not directly experience negative economic effects of lockdowns and other restrictive measures. This also shows in the financial results for 2020. Gross revenues grew with 9% to EUR 21.0 million, primarily driven by growth in the Public Peering business and 100GE ports to deal with increased traffic due to working from home. Gross margin declined to 88.5% due to increasing data centre costs.

Personnel costs increased 6% while the number of FTE declined to 59.1. The increase in costs is mainly due to the hire of outsourced labour to support the implementation of new ERP and CRM tooling. A number of costs were lower than budgeted, most notably depreciation (EUR 1.3 million lower) and marketing and travel (EUR 0.5 million lower) due to lockdown and travel bans. Furthermore, a Deferred Tax Asset of EUR 0.2 million has been accounted for at 31 December 2020 as a result of dissolving AMS-IX, Inc. because the management believes compensation for tax purposes of part of the losses is likely.

I want to thank our members and customers for their continued trust in our services and our partners for their support in providing those services. Of course, none of this would be possible without the continued effort and commitment of the AMS-IX team. The pride the team brings to serving our members and customers every day is a joy to see and be part of. Finally, I would like to thank the AMS-IX Board for their continued support, constructive dialogue and interaction with the management team and myself.”


The board had a clear vision and goals at the start of 2020. Although there were challenging circumstances, significant progress was made on all parts of the general strategy. AMS-IX Chairman Bart van der Sloot reflects on the board’s perspective during 2020.

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Continuing strategy execution during the COVID-19 pandemic

Bart van der Sloot,

Chairman of the board, AMS-IX

“In 2017 AMS-IX agreed upon a new strategy, in close cooperation between members, management team, employees and board. The five pillars in this strategy were “create economies of scale”, “service innovation”, “develop new markets”, “fix the basics” and “develop our people”. During 2020 these pillars were consolidated into “Innovate”, “Optimize” and “Grow”.

In 2020 we saw continued strong progress in all three areas – in spite of challenging circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Growth in connected capacity and traffic accelerated during 2020 and the IX-as-a-Service found its way to more new customers in new geographies. New services for enterprises and government institutions were evaluated. The Fix the Basics program continued, now delivering results to prepare the organization for scaling up and becoming more efficient and innovative – focusing on optimizing systems and processes.

Team changes and challenges

2020 was also a year of stabilization in the AMS-IX organization and Management Team. However, 2020 also saw the retirement of CTO Henk Steenman - one of the founding fathers of AMS-IX - during the General Meeting (GM) in December. This, of course, represented the end of an era. It was heartwarming to see that many members (including former board members) joined the GM and contributed to a video with personal farewell messages.

Due to the pandemic, the vast majority of the team transitioned to working at home. The AMS-IX Management Team took numerous measures to protect and keep engaging the team, which was well received by the employees. My personal favourite was CEO Peter van Burgel’s initiative to personally deliver a Christmas gift to each employee’s doorstep, dressed as Father Christmas (together with Christmas elf Adrienne).

Our markets

During 2020, the AMS-IX mission was refined to “to facilitate open and safe interconnection between everyone and everything”. In 2020, these IP interconnection markets continued to change, driven by factors such as continued steep price decline in alternative interconnection services (especially IP Transit), consolidation in access networks (where large networks increasingly tend to avoid IXes) and concentration of content traffic into fewer than 10 content providers (driving migration from IX services to Private Network Interconnects - PNIs).

These trends introduce threats as well as opportunities: high volume traffic streams between large players may move to PNIs, but new players (including enterprises and government organizations) arise and see the value of a proven, trusted and neutral internet exchange to exchange traffic with their business partners – adding to the ‘long tail’ of connected parties and the ecosystem. AMS-IX continues to be a key element in the value of the Netherlands as an international digital hub, where many global players decide to establish their cloud infrastructure.

Board developments

In December 2019, we welcomed new board members Bernhard Pusch (Telstra) and Jan Thielemans (Arcadiz Telecom), who developed into solid contributors during 2020 – with Bernhard joining the Finance Committee and Jan joining the Governance and Compliance Committee. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, onboarding was restricted to ‘remote/online only’ and we are looking forward to the opportunity to meet face-to-face again, and further intensify the cooperation. Eric Loos (BICS – Treasurer) continued as member of the Finance Committee and Michael Ourabah (BSO Networks) joined me in the Compensation Committee.

The year 2020 was my fourth year on the board and third year in the Chair position. I have experienced the cooperation within the board, as well as between board and management team, as very positive.

“In 2020 we saw continued strong progress in all three areas of our general strategy – in spite of challenging circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Looking ahead

I have great confidence in AMS-IX’ future. We have a seasoned and energetic management team, which is well aligned and has a constructive cooperation with the Executive Board. Ruben van den Brink has been recruited as successor for the CTO position. We have a talented and enthusiastic pool of employees, an ambitious strategy and healthy financials – nothing should stop us from reaching our goals.

We should not underestimate the importance of AMS-IX’ neutrality and transparency, which has always been at the heart of AMS-IX, for (prospective) members and customers. This really sets AMS-IX apart from other parties that offer interconnection services (typically bundled with or cross-subsidized by other services) and ensures maximum flexibility and a fair cost base for any company in need of IP Interconnection or associated services. In all my dealings with AMS-IX staff, I really recognize these values in the team – which will contribute to driving our success in the future.”

On behalf of the Executive Board of the Association,

Bart van der Sloot

2020 in pictures

27 January
IX-API version 1 goes live!

IX-API version 1 goes live!

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11 March
WHO calls the COVID-19 outbreak a Pandemic

WHO calls the COVID-19 outbreak a Pandemic

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31 March
8Tbit/s peak traffic in Amsterdam

8Tbit/s peak traffic in Amsterdam

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27 May
AMS-IX organises the AMS-IX Talks webinar

AMS-IX organises the AMS-IX Talks webinar

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6 October
DE-CIX, AMS-IX and LINX announce the next phase of IX-API

DE-CIX, AMS-IX and LINX announce the next phase of IX-API

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2 November
9 Tbit/s peak traffic in Amsterdam

9 Tbit/s peak traffic in Amsterdam

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10 November

AMS-IX and Telecom Egypt sign a strategic partnership to build an Internet Exchange (EG-IX) in Cairo

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25 November
AMS-IX adds Microsoft Azure Peering (MAPS) to its Cloud portfolio

AMS-IX adds Microsoft Azure Peering (MAPS) to its Cloud portfolio

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11 December

New linear price reductions for 100GE ports in Amsterdam

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12 December

AMS-IX launches AMS-IX.me

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Word from ourcommercial department

In 2020, our Commercial team invested time and energy in making AMS-IX’s strategic priorities, based on the pillars innovate, optimise and grow, as concrete as possible. Mike Baron, Senior Director Sales & Marketing, explains what has been achieved in 2020 and how AMS-IX strategic priorities will remain fundamental to the company objectives in 2021 and beyond.

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Mike Baron,

Senior Director Sales & Marketing

“Looking at the results of our sales, business development, products, services, marketing and communications teams we’ve seen some above-budget turnover growth and a small increase in the number of customers.

We achieved great results around IX-as-a-Service: an integrated solution for organisations that want to start up their own Internet Exchange. AMS-IX delivers the required hardware, software platform, expertise, and support. We’ve performed on target with six new international locations (in Tashkent Uzbekistan, in Cairo Egypt, with our partner Telecom Egypt, and in Hydrabad, Kolkata , Nodia and Chennai in India). And we have also signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with KevlinX to build an Internet Exchange at their Data Centre Campus in Brussels. This will enable KevlinX customers to peer and interconnect through AMS-IX.

Our commercial and technical teams’ coordinated efforts also resulted in successfully enabling our New Microsoft Azure Peering Service (MAPS). Unfortunately, we didn’t achieve our targets on EasyAccess, primarily due to lower customer investments in 2020. EasyAccess extends the reach of connecting to AMS-IX, enabling connectivity outside of the Amsterdam Metro region. With regard to capacity, we’ve seen vast growth, largely driven by the need for bandwidth as a result of COVID-related measures.

Digital Transformation and community collaboration

AMS-IX is currently undergoing an extensive digital transformation, which will enable us to develop smarter, better, more efficient products and services. We’re moving to customer-centric ways of thinking and acting based on insights, and thinking about customers in new and different ways. Instead of thinking in terms of commerce and transactional sales, we are adopting more consultative, insight-based selling.

With this in mind we’ll be taking care of continuous improvement and new features by adopting an agile way of working, in a way that suits AMS-IX, aligning technical, sales and organisational activities. In this way, we aim to make our customers, and their customers, successful in their own digital transformation.

“Our ways of working - and the Internet itself - are built around communication, equality and community”

The digital transformation and all of the developments related to COVID-19 have accelerated change in how AMS-IX can engage with its community. We started the year with several goals: grow the internet exchange in Amsterdam, expand our international footprint, and enter new markets with new and existing products and services to generate new revenue streams. All of the uncertainty in 2020 affected these plans. A number of – mainly smaller – customers put their interconnectivity investments on hold, which meant growth was limited. Commercial interconnection between private networks also resulted in a number of high-volume downgrades. Interestingly, annual churn was largely the result of small indirect customers. On the other hand, many existing customers upgraded significantly in order to handle 2020’s vast traffic growth requirements.

Our ways of working - and the Internet itself - are built around communication, equality and community. These aspects are very strong in the peering community, where everyone knows each other and face-to-face meetings are vital. Events are AMS-IX’s main knowledge exchange and contact moment with our community. This obviously presented a major challenge in 2020. The entire sector had to get used to a different way of communicating and conducting transactions. In turn, this also affected resourcing in the commercial team.

Developing new revenue streams and products while going through a digital transformation resulted in some resource capacity challenges. Developing a new platform kept a large part of our commercial team occupied throughout the year. We also worked on our own CRM tooling to integrate with customer self-service, automated provisioning and billing. We are doing this to improve our effectiveness and efficiency, in order to better serve our community.

Continuing transformation

Our ongoing digital transformation drives the execution of our long-term strategy. Last year also saw the creation of a new team dedicated to optimising products and services. We also started developing activities to strengthen our online presence, for example through webinars, to keep the engagement with our community.

Plans for 2021 and beyond are based on continuation of our digital transformation as well as digital transformation among customers. This brings many new opportunities - but to make the most of these it is vital that we have a very clear picture of AMS-IX’s role in an increasingly digital world. We have spent the last 27 years building the Internet, and we are convinced that AMS-IX can play a larger role in the new digital world, beyond Internet exchanges and expanding into, for example, data and knowledge exchange platforms. We can leverage our experience to build platforms based in openness, neutrality, transparency, safety, and cooperation with a community of partners, customers and other stakeholders. This will help us develop new approaches, where we continue to facilitate exchange in an open and neutral way.

Key company objectives for 2021 and beyond

Today, AMS-IX wants to be the leading internet exchange in terms of size and best in class services – this is currently the main focus of my department and myself. We want to increase the value AMS-IX brings to its community in Amsterdam and international communities. We are working hard on making the customer and community central to everything we do. Our new international ambition is to grow with 25 selected locations worldwide over the course of two years. We also want to be the most valued platform for communities that interconnect and this goal is closely linked to our innovation activities, where we also collaborate with our community.

For 2021 and beyond, we don’t expect traffic to reduce and I am convinced we will keep working from home more than in the past – at AMS-IX we’ve now proven that we can do this very successfully! Having said that - we miss the personal and social interaction with our community and we look forward to reconnecting in person as soon as life gets back to normal.”

A lifetime of
AMS-IX with
Henk Steenman

All good things must come to an end. Henk Steenman, our CTO and one of the founding fathers of AMS-IX, retired on January 1st, 2021. Henk has worked in the IX and peering community for decades. How does he look back on his time with AMS-IX? 

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Henk Steenman,

retired CTO and founder of AMS-IX

“Before I started working at AMS-IX, I switched jobs regularly. Every four to five years, always taking on different roles and responsibilities. For me, working in the same place for a long time was definitely not normal. Which brings me to why I joined AMS-IX in the first place…

I first came into contact with AMS-IX when I was working at SARA in the early 90s. SARA hosted an interconnection hub for scientific networks on behalf of SURFnet. This was connected to a similar node at Nikhef, to which a number of commercial networks were already linked. The exchange, in its earliest phase, already played a very important role in the functioning of the Internet.

After I left SARA, I became linked to the exchange again when I began working for AT&T. As part of an Internet architecture expertise centre, I was aware of the value an exchange could bring to the company and the community. Therefore, I became actively involved in securing management and technical stability for the platform. I took part in the foundation of the association and served as a board member for two terms, from 1997 till 2001. I think not-for-profit organisations that serve a community or communal goal are very important to the industry. This may even be one of the reasons why I dedicated the greater part of my career to AMS-IX. 

After my second term (and an interval of a few months) Job Witteman, at that time CEO of the newly formed AMS-IX, asked me to become CTO of AMS-IX. Technical management of the platform had been handed over to the company and they needed someone to oversee those activities. I said “yes” to the job, and some of my best AT&T colleagues – Steven Bakker, Ariën Vijn and Romeo Zwart- came along with me. 

If you were to ask me what the high point of my career was, I think these first few years as CTO at AMS-IX would qualify. We were a fantastic, high-performing team of excellent engineers. And we had a monumental mission: to stabilize the exchange, which saw traffic growth of 300 per cent each year. We had to put in long hours to get everything working and had to work with the latest technology available, which always comes with problems. We needed to be very pragmatic and not be afraid to make our hands dirty. It was a very demanding job and I loved it. You do your best work when you are under pressure. 

I have a nice anecdote about that time, which I recall vividly. We had just upgraded the exchange with the latest switches from Foundry - the vendor capable of delivering switches with the highest throughput at that time. However, we experienced numerous problems. Outages would occur all the time and we had to repeatedly contact the Foundry engineers to flag and fix problems. At a certain point, when we had just worked for more than 24 hours on end, one of the Foundry representatives told us that their CEO was in Paris that week and we had the opportunity to speak to him about our experiences with their product. Although I was exhausted, I did not want to miss this chance. So, I went home to take a shower, flew to Paris, interrupted his dinner and explained to him which role AMS-IX plays in the Internet and shared our experiences with his product. It was greatly appreciated. From that day on, we always had full priority and commitment from Foundry to fix any problems we might have.

At that time, we also experimented with new technologies a great deal and this resulted in many innovations, such as the use of photonic cross connects or MPLS. In a way, we had to. We couldn’t keep working 24 hours on end forever, automating and experimenting was simply the best way forward. In those days we also started the practice of full transparency. We told the community about every problem we encountered and how we fixed it - and this was greatly appreciated. 

‘We had a monumental mission: to stabilize the exchange, which saw traffic growth of 300 per cent every year’

The job did not stay this way. At a certain point in time, traffic growth was less high and the pressure on the tech team was relieved to some extent. My role changed; I started to represent AMS-IX to the outside world. I visited RIPE meetings, industry events, vendors and customers. Mainly in the Netherlands at first, but later also abroad. I also started to teach about interconnection at that time. In the press, but also at universities such as the UvA (University of Amsterdam), the University of Twente and the Eindhoven University of Technology. 

AMS-IX also became involved in serving the Internet community in standardisation initiatives. AMS-IX became active in the IETF, and helped very significantly with the development of the 100GE standard in the IEEE. And we still do, this time for example through our work for IX-API.  I also enjoyed this second period of my AMS-IX career very much, especially the interacting with different cultures. Working abroad, you meet a lot of different people, which gives you totally new perspectives on other countries. The AMS-IX ventures in Kenia, for example, were a big adventure for me and I greatly appreciate the relationships I built with our partners there. 

And now I’m retiring. Looking back at what has been achieved, I think we mainly showed the success of public peering. AMS-IX, from its early beginnings, has always played a pivotal role in the functioning of the Internet, but in those early days Internet itself did not play the role in society that it has right now. Society basically cannot function without Internet. It is interesting to consider the question what we would have done to fight COVID if we didn’t have Internet and many people could not have worked from home.

AMS-IX grew with the Internet, making public peering a commodity. Today, many organisations offer a form of peering. You could argue that the role of the exchange is diminishing. On the other hand, however, I think the general idea behind public peering - direct interconnection is always better and more cost-effective than interconnection via an IP transit middleman - will endure. 

Last, I would like to thank everyone who has ever worked at AMS-IX. You made AMS-IX what it is today.”

Word from our ManagerDelivery & Operations

Last year, the AMS-IX technical department had quite a hectic journey. The roadmap at the beginning of the year was altered significantly due to changing circumstances. Nevertheless, in spite of the increased workload, the technical department achieved a great deal in 2020. Tim Vriend, Manager Delivery & Operations brings you up to speed.

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Tim Vriend,

Manager Delivery & Operations

“The pandemic had a significant effect on the work of our technical department. But even at the start of the year, we had to make some changes to our initial management and maintenance planning. In the previous years, we migrated many of our customers to SLX switches. But due to changing priorities in the vendor’s development roadmap, we had to start looking for a new vendor that would enable us to manage growth on the platform. At the same time, we would need them to enable us to support future technological developments. Our technical department is currently running a proof of concept with a new vendor, which – if everything goes well - we will onboard in the first half of 2021. In the short run and during 2021, we will use our current vendor to manage capacity growth.

In 2020 we finalized several hardware upgrades to add capacity to several of our Pop locations in Amsterdam. We also migrated our resellers to SLX switches for higher power efficiency and port capacity. Due to the pandemic and severe restrictions imposed by the government and data centres, we had to reschedule some of our projects, such as the ‘Core Move’, which is now set to happen before the summer of 2021.

Many of our members and customers upgraded their port capacity and that significantly affected our workload. All locations in the metro area have been upgraded with extra 100 Gigabit ports. Over the full year 2020, the technical department achieved expansion of customer port capacity with more than 8.1 Terabit, up 20% compared to 2019 (in the ‘normal’ year 2019 we added 3.5 Terabit of customer port capacity). Furthermore, we upgraded all our locations with additional backbone capacity. In 2020 we expanded our backbone capacity with over 7.4 Terabit, up 27% compared to 2019 (in 2019 we expanded with 2.1 Terabit of Backbone capacity).

“In 2020 we expanded our backbone capacity with over 7.4 Terabit, up 27% compared to 2019”

Next to management and maintenance of the platform, the technical department also invested time and effort in our international partners’ platforms, particularly the IXaaS product. Batelco’s IXaaS deployment in Manama was growing fast and we introduced a new 100GE Switch to manage the growth in that region. MN-IX (powered by AMS-IX), which has now been operational for 1.5 years noted a traffic peak of over 200 Gbps, effectively becoming the fastest growing internet exchange in the Middle East.

Furthermore, AMS-IX expanded its IXaaS program. AMS-IX signed a contract with SNS Group to deploy IXaaS in Tashkent Uzbekistan. The implementation of the exchange experienced some delays, but the exchange is now set to go live in the first half of 2021. Late in 2020 AMS-IX signed a contract with Telecom Egypt to deploy an exchange in Cairo. And finally, we are expanding to multiple locations in India.

We also saw progress on a number of innovation projects with external partners, particularly the 2StiC program and the IX-API program. The 2Stic program is an initiative aimed at experimenting with new kinds of connectivity to enable safe, stable and secure connections. The program for setting up a test bed for non-IP traffic is well underway. The first paper describing the 2STiC national tested, the technologies we use, and our ideas, has been published. The IX-API program is a shared initiative from AMS-IX, DE-CIX and LINX to build a single standard that enables networks to connect to all three exchanges. Currently we are working on the first implementations of IX-API with our partners.”

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