AWASR, Alliance Networks, and AMS-IX Unveil Oman’s First Internet Exchange – Oman-IX
In a groundbreaking collaboration, AWASR, Alliance Networks, and the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) have joined forces to launch Oman’s inaugural Internet exchange, aptly named Oman-IX. This initiative marks a significant milestone for the Sultanate of Oman as it positions itself to become a digital hub in the region. The exchange, set to go live in Q4 of this year, will be hosted in the state-of-the-art Equinix MC1 data center in Muscat, Oman.
A Tripartite Partnership
AWASR, the Sultanate of Oman’s pioneering specialized broadband Internet service provider, will take ownership of Oman-IX. Alliance Networks, a digital infrastructure service provider, will lead the marketing and sales efforts for the exchange. Meanwhile, AMS-IX, a renowned expert in Internet Exchange services, will provide the technical platform, support, and invaluable expertise and training.
Unlocking Digital Opportunities
Oman-IX is poised to revolutionize the digital landscape in Oman. It will serve as a pivotal hub for the aggregation of IP peering traffic from both local and global networks. Additionally, it will facilitate exchanges with AMS-IX and other international Internet exchanges, further enhancing Oman’s connectivity to the global digital ecosystem. Adnan Al-Alawi, CEO of AWASR, expressed enthusiasm for the venture, emphasizing its potential to boost digital innovation across industries and streamline the efficient exchange of Internet traffic.
Fostering Digital Innovation
Peter van Burgel, CEO of AMS-IX, underlined the organization’s commitment to contributing its expertise to this transformative partnership. Oman-IX, he noted, will empower the nation’s digital landscape and accelerate its connectivity to global networks through public peering. The exchange will not only enhance the user experience but also foster digital innovation, positioning Oman as a hub for Internet traffic exchange.
A Flourishing Data Center Ecosystem
Muscat, Oman’s capital, is already home to several prominent data centers, including Cloud Acropolis, KOM 4, Wattaya, and Duqm data centers, with the latter three situated at the Oman Data Park. This burgeoning data center ecosystem complements Oman’s aspirations to become a regional digital hub.
Connecting the Region
Oman’s significance in the digital realm extends beyond its borders. It will host an extension of the 2Africa cable known as 2Africa Pearls, which will also link the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Pakistan, India, and Saudi Arabia. This ambitious project underscores Oman’s role in strengthening digital connectivity throughout the region.
AWASR’s Digital Footprint
AWASR, established in 2015, is not only Oman’s first specialized broadband Internet service provider but also the third fixed-line telecom license holder in the country, alongside Omantel and Qatar-based Ooredoo. The company has played a pivotal role in advancing Oman’s digital infrastructure.
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