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DE-CIX India SVP Sudhir Kunder on India’s internet exchange ecosystem

Internet exchanges, or IXs, are where content providers and internet service providers meet, to exchange data and peer. They're among the main reasons why fixed line broadband connections cost so little for the same amount of data as a mobile network. We spoke to Sudhir Kunder, Senior Vice President – National Sales at DE-CIX India, formerly the Mumbai Internet Exchange, about their expansion to ten data centres in the country, and the state of the exchange ecosystem in India. Below is a lightly edited transcript of the interview. MediaNama: You are now at ten datacentres, but they aren't all your own facilities. How does that work? Sudhir Kunder: These two that we have recently gone live with are at ST Telemedia['s data centres], and these are both in Chennai and Delhi. It becomes more important for us that unlike everybody wanting to be crammed up in one space. It makes more sense to serve the ecosystem than your own interests; had it been any other company, they would have invested too many dollars in Mumbai; we still have a lot of datacentres that we can still cover in Mumbai if we wanted to. It was a strategic call so that we could get the width and depth of coverage for larger and broader parts of India, and making things more accessible to customer bases not only in Mumbai, but in a reasonable distance to any other location from a network transport standpoint. As a result of this, we went to…

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