The world’s largest data transport hub

The Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) is the largest data transport hub in the world. Fibre optic cables transport data to an increasing number of large and small networks, portals and web farms. In 2012, the total Internet traffic volume at AMS-IX grew by 29% to 4.1 Exabyte (4,140,000 terabytes) according to a statement from the exchange.

Job Witteman, CEO of AMS-IX noted: “AMS-IX was also responsible for 8% of the exchanged business traffic at internet hubs in the world. Therefore, we deliver a considerable contribution, which will grow even further in the coming years. For this year we aspire to achieve a 10% share.”

Best business initiative

The AMS-IX was also awarded the ‘Best Business Initiative’ award during the anniversary meeting of the Dutch chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC) in 2012. In winning this award, AMS-IX was recognised as a shining example to others in the internet industry due to the way the organisation deploys its services so effectively.

IT capital of Europe

Being the base of the world’s largest data transport hub, it is no surprise that the Netherlands is the second most densely cabled country in the world. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is also rapidly becoming the software and IT capital of Europe. Of all the Forbes 2000 companies active in ICT, more than 50% have a presence in the Amsterdam Area.