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Singapore Internet Exchange rolls out Internet exchange nodes

Jack Loo | June 16, 2010
These platforms are expected to reduce dependency on transit networks

SINGAPORE, 16 JUNE 2010 - Singapore Internet Exchange (SGIX) has launched two of its Internet exchange nodes in the country.

A network operation centre (NOC) will provide 24x7 network monitoring and technical support to ensure that SGIX operations run smoothly. SGIX commercial services offer flexible port and peering arrangements in 100 Megabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet choices for public or private peering. SGIX port fee starts from S$800 (US$574) per month for a 100 Megabit Ethernet connection. SGIX will also provide value added services such as link aggregation and route server services.

SGIX is expected to play an important role in enabling service providers to provide seamless access to content and applications over the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN), which will be launched later this year.

The SGIX is envisioned to exchange up to 50 per cent of the local Internet traffic for its members. The SGIX is a neutral central point of Internet traffic exchange for domestic and international telecoms carriers, Internet service providers, and content providers. It was incorporated last year as an industry association by members of the local infocommunications industry. It offers its members cost-based interconnection services on a non-discriminatory basis.

Currently, service providers rely on transit networks to exchange local traffic. This method can incur high costs to establish multiple links for full interconnection among themselves. This configuration can also lead to increased latency and affects the overall broadband experience for end-users. The experience can be even worse if the local traffic is forced to traverse across overseas networks. As a central point of Internet traffic exchange, SGIX enables service providers to interconnect cost-effectively and exchange local traffic directly.

RADM (NS) Ronnie Tay, CEO of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, said: We are pleased at the launch of the two Internet exchange nodes by SGIX. By providing a fast and cost-effective way for Internet traffic exchange, SGIX will also improve the quality and speed of broadband for Singapore users. This will also enable Singapore to grow as a telecommunications hub by becoming a central point of exchange for local and international Internet traffic. End-users can expect faster access to broadband content and services, especially over the Next Gen NBN.


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