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Limelight to take 100GE port at JEDIX

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Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and the London Internet Exchange (LINX) have announced that Limelight has provided a Letter of Intent (loi) that they will take the first 100GE port at JEDIX.

JEDIX, the KSA Internet Exchange powered by LINX, is situated in Jeddah. The agreement, which is subject to finalising a commercial agreement, will also see Limelight deploy its first KSA node in STC’s datacentre MG1 (MENA Gateway) as part of forming a new partnership with STC.

“With the creation of JEDIX we believe this will help increase the flow of internet traffic within the KSA and the surrounding region. Therefore a new CDN PoP will help improve the delivery of Internet content,” said Limelight.

STC and LINX stated that they are very much looking forward to working with Limelight in support of their new node and the betterment of the KSA internet experience.

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An Introduction to JEDIX

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The first in our series of videos, where you can hear from LINX and STC about the ambition behind a new IX for Jeddah and how this will enhance the interconnection and peering opportunities for the Middle East.

JEDIX Announcement

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Internet Exchange Operators LINX and STC Establish Strategic Partnership

London Internet Exchange (LINX) and Saudi Telecom Company (STC), on December 7th 2018 marked the start of JEDIX powered by LINX, an Internet exchange in Jeddah (JEDIX), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

John Souter, CEO of LINX, said: “JEDIX powered by LINX is a real step forward for the Internet community in Saudi and the GCC as a whole. The exchange will allow networks to stop ‘tromboning’ traffic to London and back again, and will help increase resilience by creating a new centre for interconnection in the KSA.”

Kurt Erik Lindqvist, CMO of LINX announced, “The new partnership between LINX and STC forms an exciting milestone in the expansion of LINX global presence and builds on LINX’s aim of ‘Working for the Good of the Internet’ globally.

LINX, one of the world’s largest Internet Exchanges, based in London, UK, has provided the expertise and will support the operation of JEDIX powered by LINX going forward. JEDIX is a neutral Internet traffic exchange platform that interconnects global networks and, above all, network operators and content providers in the GCC region. The JEDIX is built on a fully redundant switching platform located in a neutral secure STC datacenter in Jeddah.

Alan Whelan, VP of STC Wholesale, commented – “STC’s ambition is to develop JEDIX into the leading internet and data hub in the MENA region. In LINX we have a global leading IX partner who will help accelerate the delivery of this ambition and create a thriving interconnection eco system in the Kingdom”

STC, Saudi’s incumbent operator and the largest operator in the MENA region, is pleased to announce its new partnership with LINX, as part of its initiative to deliver on its mandate to establish Saudi Arabia as the key Hub for telecoms connectivity, in the MENA region, as part of the Saudi Vision 2030.

JEDIX project discussed at LINX104 member conference in London

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The 104th London Internet Exchange membership conference, LINX104, took place at the Park Plaza Victoria in London on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th February 2019.

On day 1 of the two day event LINX’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kurtis Lindqvist, gave an overview of the new JEDIX Internet exchange which is being established in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It was an interesting and varied discussion during the presentation with many LINX members expressing an interest in joining and peering traffic in the region later during the networking and break out sessions.

The next LINX member conference, LINX105, is the London exchange’s annual general meeting and Board elections in May. This event will take place on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th of May at the same venue.