Amsterdam Internet Exchange AMS-IX Expands Digital Infrastructure in the Netherlands

Presence in two data hubs in Rotterdam-The Hague region will support tech-based business


The Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), one of the world’s largest internet hubs, is expanding its digital infrastructure in the Netherlands. As of October, they will add Points of Presence (PoP) in two data centers in the greater Rotterdam-The Hague region. It is the first time that AMS-IX is adding PoPs outside the Amsterdam metro area to the exchange in Amsterdam.

Stimulus for companies to locate in the region

The new PoPs will be located at the data centers of Smartdc in Rotterdam and Greenhouse Data Centers in Naaldwijk. According to the Metropolitan Region of Rotterdam The Hague, these latest expansions of AMS-IX are a great stimulus for the establishment of tech companies in the region.

Through AMS-IX, companies have direct connections with a multitude of networks regionally and globally and can therefore guarantee high quality and efficiency of digital services to be delivered. Many applications benefit from this enhanced connectivity, including live streaming, provisioning of business software, online gaming, the delivery of video calling services, or just facilitating an efficient set-up of extensive company networks.

AMS-IX is one of the largest internet exchanges in the world

AMS-IX is one of the largest internet exchanges in the world and has more than 875 networks connected to the exchange in Amsterdam, including companies like ebay, Akamai, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Tele2, Worldstream, Leaseweb, GoDaddy,, and many more.  The exchange in Amsterdam is hosted in fourteen data centers in and around Amsterdam. The data centers in South Holland will be the fifteenth and sixteenth physical locations of the node.

‘The arrival of AMS-IX is of great importance for the growth of the economy in our region,’ says Saskia Bruines, alderman for Economy in The Hague and also administrative leader of Digital Economy and 5G of the Metropolitan Region Rotterdam The Hague. ‘Our region is an attractive location for tech companies and has the ambition to host many more top-tier companies in the future.’

Fast-growing tech hub facilitating international enterprise

AMS-IX will start building the extensions in the province of South Holland this summer. ‘These should be ready in the fall,’ says AMS-IX CEO Peter van Burgel. ‘These new locations are of great importance for our ambitions. The Rotterdam The Hague region has the potential to grow into a major tech hub, so it is important for us to have a presence here. Several large technology companies are already established in this region and there are no restrictions to facilitate rapid growth.’

World-class digital infrastructure in the Netherlands

As the world’s most connected country according to DHL’s Global Connectedness Index, the Netherlands leads for its digital infrastructure. The AMS-IX expansion further enhances the Netherlands’ expansive and reliable data connectivity, which in turn supports international enterprise. The AMS-IX expansion was supported by InnovationQuarter, the regional development agency for Greater Rotterdam-The Hague and part of the national Invest in Holland network.

Source: Innovation Quarter and AMS-IX

16 July 2021

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