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Key takeaways: What it’s like running an internet exchange in India

Over the last few months, MediaNama interviewed senior executives at the country's biggest internet exchanges (IXs), which help internet providers access data easily and cheaply. The internet exchange ecosystem is relatively nascent in the country, transporting a couple or so terabits of the country's internet traffic at any given point — around the same as the data stored on a single hard disk, per second. We interviewed executives from Extreme Internet Exchange, DE-CIX India, and Kolkata's IIFON community internet exchange. Here are some key takeaways from the conversations. 1. Internet Exchanges in India are small — for now Raunak Maheshwari of Extreme Internet Exchange said that around 3% of the 25Tbps of traffic he estimated India had flowed through that IX's network. Figures for other IXs are comparable, and added up they amount to a fraction of India's internet traffic.…

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