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DE-CIX Becomes First IX to Offer 400-Gigabit Ethernet

Founded in 1995, the German Internet Exchange (IX) DE-CIX, has just launched its new 400-Gigabit Ethernet access technology. This makes the IX provider the first in the world to offer 400-GE.

This upgrade is coming just a few years after the introduction of 100-GE access technology. DE-CIX claims the move is in response to growing customer demand for more data capacity, as the 100-GE access technology has been increasingly booked in recent years with a growth rate of almost 45% in 2018 as against 2017.

“Within the next few years, we expect the 400-GE access technology to become the new gold standard for customers with commensurate broadband needs,”
Eric Dorr, Head of Infrastructure, DE-CIX

The new 400-GE technology sits on the basis of the DE-CIX Apollon platform, which uses Nokia routers as a core component.  Ken Kutzler, Vice President of IP Routing Hardware business at Nokia, said they are happy to have served DE-CIX for over six years with cutting-edge equipment.

“Our routing R&D is heavily driven by the fast-growing, high-quality throughput demands of customers like DE-CIX.  Nokia is proud to be their partner and to help enable its first 400GE peering ports. Powered by the Nokia FP4 Chipset, DE-CIX can continue to expect deterministic loss-less performance, smooth operations and seamless upgrades as we move together into the future,”


The new 400-GE Nokia line cards are now available in DE-CIX Frankfurt, the Internet Exchange with the highest peak traffic in the world. The technology will also be made available at other DE-CIX locations globally.

DE-CIX as an IX giant boasts of serving over 1500 carriers, ISPs and content networks from more than 100 countries, this includes all leading international players in Europe, the Middle East, India and North America. With its new 400-GE technology the company claims the broadband needs of their large customers can be covered with fewer connections, leading to better cost efficiency.

Dr Thomas King, Chief Technology Officer at DE-CIX, added thus, “With the introduction of the 400-GE access technology, we once again underscore our claim to be a technology leader. We offer our customers the newest generation hardware and modern, scalable infrastructure, which will also be able to meet all the requirements in the future. At the same time, we support 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.”