Birmingham, UK, to get its first internet exchange

Proximity Data Centres has announced IX Birmingham, the first regional internet exchange in the heart of the West Midlands.

Located at Proximity’s Birmingham Edge 8 tier 3 data centre, IX Birmingham should allow businesses across the city and local region to have access to higher-speed, lower latency connectivity options by eliminating the need to route all their data via exchanges in London and Manchester – local data stays local while other data can be accessed through traditional centralised internet exchanges.

Raj Mack, Birmingham City Council’s head of digital city and innovation, said: “I have long pushed for the establishment of an Internet Exchange in Birmingham, recognising that it is a key component of the digital infrastructure that our businesses need to create and accelerate new products and services. The IX Birmingham will greatly enhance the capability of the City as a leading international digital city and its reputation as Digital Birmingham.” 

“The Council welcomes this exciting initiative which is line with our vision for creating new innovative opportunities that maximise the use of digital technologies and the skills and capabilities of our citizens and local businesses. Working closely with Proximity’s Edge IX division we aim to ensure digital businesses including those in the creative, healthcare and manufacturing industries are no longer disadvantaged by the absence of an internet exchange on their doorstep,” Peter Bishop, director for digital and customer services at Birmingham City Council, added.

“The arrival of IX Birmingham is not only good news for businesses based in the city and wider region, it also allows local altnets and ISPs to benefit from lower cost data transit when backhauling rapidly growing data volumes. We are delighted to be a founder member and look forward to being a part of stimulating the local digital economy,” said Tobias Hooten, managing director of Iconic Networks, a founding member of IX Birmingham.

IX Birmingham is reportedly aligned with Proximity’s strategy of rolling out a network of regional internet exchanges within its data centres across the UK and Europe. Currently there are 10 Proximity edge data centres in the UK, strategically located to conurbations and cities in the North, North West, Midlands, Thames Valley, South West and South Wales.

“We selected Birmingham as our first Edge IX location as the region’s digital community has remained underserved when it comes to the lowest latency solutions possible for sending or receiving data,” commented John Hall, managing director-colocation, Proximity Data Centres. “We are looking forward to delivering similar benefits to other regions of the UK and Europe during this year and in 2024.”

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