Annual report

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Annual report 2020

Entering the most exciting digital decade since the inception of the Internet

Harald Summa

Harald Summa, Chief Executive Officer

"In the remarkable year 2020, DE-CIX experienced one milestone after the other. The past months have shown us how important a functioning, secure, and reliable digital infrastructure is for all areas of life. Despite the challenging conditions brought on by the global Covid-19 pandemic, DE-CIX was able to maintain its position as the operator of the largest Internet Exchange and home to the largest carrier and data center neutral interconnection ecosystem in the world. It was able to provide uninterrupted service to customers connected to its exchanges – helping to keep data flowing during physical lockdowns. Within just a few days in March 2020, average global data traffic rose between 15% and 30%, depending on the region. This resulted in the largest annual increase in peak traffic at DE-CIX Frankfurt in its entire history – including the breaking of two world records – reaching 10.3 terabits per second in November. Other DE-CIX locations around the world also rose to the challenge, with a rise in peak traffic of around 30% across the board. DE-CIX, therefore, played a part in keeping economies afloat and people in contact during the sustained global crisis, the like of which we have not seen in modern times.

At DE-CIX, we are working to provide our customers with the best interconnection services possible for their evolving needs. With our two-pronged strategic approach of diversifying services and creating an increasingly dense geographical map of interconnection points, DE-CIX can offer an ever-larger proportion of the world’s markets low-latency interconnection; able to do justice to the needs and the applications of today and tomorrow."

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DE-CIX annual report 2019

In 2019, milestones were achieved for many of our exchanges, and DE-CIX Frankfurt continued its success by breaking its own peak traffic world record. As well as entering the South East Asian market, our team was busy around the world, extending the reach of existing locations, setting up further enabled sites and access sites, and developing new services. On our 25th birthday year, we can see that the Internet and the digital infrastructures on which it is based have come of age.

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DE-CIX annual report 2018

In 2018 the DE-CIX world kept growing and responding to our customers’ needs and demands. We further broadened our interconnection footprint with the aim of making interconnection as easy as possible for our customers, wherever they need it. We therefore focused on both new services and new locations in 2018. The success of this interconnection strategy was demonstrated in the considerable growth in customer numbers, connected customer capacity, and turnover. 

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DE-CIX annual report 2017

In the 2017 financial year, DE-CIX successfully maintained its position as the world leader in operating Internet Exchanges. Consolidated total turnover across all parts of the company rose by 9 percent from 2016 to reach 31.8 million Euro. The DE-CIX Internet Exchanges in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America, which now total 13 worldwide, saw consolidated customer growth of almost 14 percent in 2017 and meanwhile serve more than 1,500 customers from over 100 countries.

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DE-CIX annual report 2016

2016 was another year of excellence in interconnection and global growth for DE-CIX. Cutting-edge, world-best interconnection technology, peak traffic of 5.6 Terabits per second (Tbps), and connected capacity up well above 20 Terabits in Frankfurt. But DE-CIX is much more than the sum of its technological parts. DE-CIX is where networks meet, certainly, but that also means it is where the people behind and within those networks meet. 

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DE-CIX annual report 2015

DE-CIX Management GmbH has experienced a successful year 2015 – both in its home market of Germany as well as in its international subsidiaries – with high growth rates in customer numbers, reseller partners, and data traffic. In particular, a spectacular increase in data traffic over the Frankfurt exchange (43 percent up on 2014 figures) and in connected capacity (up 44 percent) show a direct correlation with the popularity of 100GE ports, where sales having more than doubled in 2015.

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