DE-CIX claims a global first in 400G connectivity

Created April 5, 2019
Technologies and Products

Internet exchange operator DE-CIX in Frankfurt, Germany is claiming to be the first IX operator in the world to offer 400 Gigabit Ethernet access technology to customers.

 A few years ago, DE-CIX introduced 100 Gigabit Ethernet access technology so it has now scaled up by a factor of four to address rapidly increasing data traffic in its facilities. “Thanks to this technical innovation, the broadband needs of large customers can be covered with fewer cross-connects leading to better cost efficiency,” said DE-CIX.

 The DE-CIX 400G move is being achieved through its Apollon platform, which uses Nokia routers as one core component. The 400G Nokia line cards available in DE-CIX Frankfurt are expected to be available at other company internet exchange locations in the “medium-term” too, said the organisation, which includes those it operates in India.

 “With the introduction of the 400G access technology, we are once again underscoring our claim to be a technology leader,” said Thomas King, chief technology officer at DE-CIX. “We are offering our customers the newest generation hardware and a modern, scalable infrastructure, which will also be able to meet all requirements in the future.”

 He added: “At the same time, we are supporting the growth of our customers at our worldwide locations with the new technology. Because the more data traffic they can exchange over us, the more the investment in our services will pay off.”

 Ken Kutzler, vice president of Nokia’s IP routing hardware business, said: “We have served DE-CIX for over six years with our equipment, and our routing R&D is heavily driven by the fast-growing, high-quality throughput demands of customers like DE-CIX. We are proud to enable their first 400G peering ports.

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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation