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October 29, 2014

We've just learned that the Internet Society has awarded Alcatel-Lucent with a contract to supply equipment for a new Internet exchange in Bangkok, Thailand.

To be sure, BKNIX will use the company's 7750 service router. The internet exchange is being built with the help of ISOC's Interconnection and Traffic Exchange (ITE) program, and should be operational by December of this year.

With rapid traffic growth in the region, ISOC says the launch of BKNIX will “improve inter-connectivity within Thailand as well as in the region”, particularly as the economies of ASEAN become more integrated.

While ISPs and hosting companies have created peering arrangements between themselves, BKNIX is designed to foster “economical direct interconnections” in the sector, according to the Thai NIC's vice president Kanchana Kanchanasut.

Overall, having a neutral internet exchange will make further growth “more sustainable”, Kanchanasut added, and should provide some lessons for the rollout next year of other IXs in the region.

While the Asia-Pacific region is a huge market in terms of subscriber numbers and growth potential, many areas still suffer relatively undeveloped Internet infrastructure.

As well as providing better connectivity between ISPs, the internet exchange will also benefit content providers, according to ISOC Asia-Pacific's head Rajnesh Singh.

ISOC also cites more efficient local traffic routing and a more robust infrastructure as some of its reasons it supported the BKNIX project.

The new internet exchange is just one of three new major pieces of internet infrastructure in Asia, all announced this week.

IBM on Monday revealed a new data centre in Mumbai, from where it hopes to capture a big slice of government work. Then Pacnet yesterday cut the ribbon on a 2,000-rack data center in Tianjin, China.

The company is keen on customers using its home-baked software-defined-networking tools to arrange temporary and/or bursty connections between the new center, their own facilities, or other sites to which Pacnet connects to.

Source: Alcatel-Lucent.

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