DE-CIX: The second East German Internet node is built in Leipzig

The German Internet Trade Exchange (DE-CIX) is preparing to launch another Internet node in Germany. It is being built in Leipzig and will be the second internet node in East Germany – the first will be jointly operated by the Berlin Internet Trading Exchange (BCIX) and DE-CIX in Berlin.

The Internet node is scheduled to become online in the last quarter of 2022. The two companies envia TEL and PŸUR Business take care of the equipment needed for DE-CIX Leipzig in their data centers. The Internet node aims to make the federal states of Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia more interesting for businesses.

In Saxony-Anhalt in particular, the infrastructure is set to grow in the coming years: Intel is building the largest European semiconductor business, the so-called megafab, in Magdeburg, which will serve as a springboard for further settlements of companies. Silicon Saxony is located southeast of DE-CIX around the city of Dresden.

DE-CIX wants to make eastern German sites attractive to cloud companies by connecting directly to the massive internet node in Frankfurt. This results in direct integration into a “global digital ecosystem with major international players such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Akamai, Netflix and Facebook,” the company wrote in a statement.

Meanwhile, Stefan Drescher, Managing Director of Envia TEL, describes the new Internet node in pictures: “DE-CIX Leipzig connects us to international data exchange points on the shortest path possible. Let’s compare DE-CIX Leipzig to air traffic: the data exchange point in Leipzig is like Destination is now served all over the world. Airport transfers are no longer needed. In the future, data will not have to stop at a remote exchange point, but there will be a direct connection to East Germany. This makes the Internet connections of businesses, municipalities and schools connected in the region time-honoured. Low transmission and therefore faster, more stable and higher quality.”

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