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Press Release -- June 4th, 2021
Source: DE-CIX

Huge demand for interconnection, bandwidth and digital services

Total customer bandwidth rises by 75%, while the number of customers grows by 53%

Mumbai, India 3rd June 2021. The leading carrier and data center neutral Internet Exchange (IX) operator on the Indian sub-continent, DE-CIX India, today 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[1] 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.

“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”, says Mr. Sudhir Kunder, Country Director, DE-CIX India.

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.

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About DE-CIX India

DE-CIX India is part of DE-CIX, the world’s leading Internet Exchange (IX) operator headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. DE-CIX India runs carrier and datacenter-neutral IXs in the cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Chennai. Originally founded by Mumbai IX it is now operated by DE-CIX Interwire Internet Services Private Limited, which owns a nationwide license for India.

DE-CIX India’s Internet Exchanges currently interconnect more than 350 networks including ISPs, content networks, DNS root servers, and OTT players, with peak traffic of 1.5 Tbps. Further information at

About DE-CIX

DE-CIX (German Commercial Internet Exchange) is the world’s leading operator of Internet Exchanges. In total, at its 28 locations in Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Asia, DE-CIX interconnects over 2200 network operators (carriers), Internet service providers (ISPs), content providers, and enterprise networks from more than 100 countries, offering peering, cloud, and interconnection services. The combined connected customer capacity of all DE-CIX locations worldwide exceed 75 Terabits, making it the largest neutral interconnection ecosystem in the world. DE-CIX in Frankfurt, Germany, with a data throughput of more than 10 Terabits per second (Tbps) and over 1000 connected networks is the largest Internet Exchange in the world. Further information at

[1] According to PeeringDB

For further information, please contact:

DE-CIX India

Ravina Lobo (Ellequinn for DE-CIX India)

Telephone: +91 91378 25789


DE-CIX Global

Joanna Hahn and Carsten Titt

Global Public Relations

Telephone: +49 (0)69-1730902-130



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