The Japan Internet Exchange (JPIX) has announced a new partnership with the London Internet Exchange (LINX), offering greater interconnections and peering opportunities.
According to LINX, the move is the latest example of the rise in members joining and peering from Asia-Pacific. JPIX is the first exchange in the region to be able to offer this service to their customers, who can now reach 80% of the global internet.
The move helps cement Japan’s position as one of APAC’s powerhouses. Hyperscale providers such as Facebook, Amazon and Google all have sites across the region, to satisfying growing demands for connectivity and bandwidth. Other contributory factors include:
Japan’s location between Asia and North America make it a prime site for under-the-sea cable connections. For example, Google’s 9,500km JGA cable connects Japan, Guam and Australia. And NEC are building a 10,500km cable, connecting 11 landing stations across Asia.
- Colocation opportunities
Japan offers 147 datacentres and 183 service providers, meaning plenty of opportunities for clustering, as highlighted by another DigitalCentre2020 Steering Committee member. Equinix has a new data centre, Tokyo TY11, opening in 2019 to satisfy customer demand for multiple cloud and real-time data.
Japan’s pedigree as a financial services centre, alongside its rich manufacturing history, ensures infrastructure is ready for businesses wanting to take advantage.
- Innovative culture
Japan continues to ride high in Bloomberg’s Innovation Index, ranking #6 in the 2018 release. This is based on seven forms of criteria: productivity, high-tech density, intensity of R&D, value-added manufacturing, efficiency of education, concentration of researchers and patent activity. In the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Technology Leaders list, 13 Japanese companies made the cut.
Japan aims to be a 5G market leader, with networks set for launch a year ahead of previously announced 2020 targets. Pilots are set to be launched at the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup, ahead of a full launch in 2020 for smartphones.
- Sturdy facilities
Japan’s infrastructure is built to withstand a variety of natural disaster risks, with sites specifically designed to handle earthquakes, typhoons and high amounts of seismic activity.
- International investment
Japan may have traditionally been regarded as a tough market for foreign competitors, but that’s changing. As host of the 2020 Olympics, there will be international demand from media companies for data and analytics reporting.
“We are pleased to be partnering with JPIX,” says LINX CMO Kurtis Lindqvist. “This is a positive and natural move for LINX, following the increased interest and demand from networks in Asia wanting to connect and peer in London. We are excited for what the future holds!”
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