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Marco Brandstätter
 
Marco Brandstätter, 41, CEO of CloudBrokers and Senior Business Accelerator at DE-CIX. Marco plays a key role in successfully establishing and developing the 1st carrier and datacentre neutral IXP, the UAE-IX in Dubai, UAE. Prior to this Marco was the Owner and CEO of i3B, an international wholesale company focused on peering, IP Transit and MPLS services. In 2010 he sold the company group to its biggest wholesales customer. Marco started his Internet career as the co-founder of HAPPYsoft (1992), a software development company and as the co-founder of HAPPYnet (1995), one of the first Internet Service Provider in Austria.  Marco lives in Kärnten, Austria with his wife and three great children.
 
Abstract: "UAE-IX the Internet Exchange for the Middle East"
 
UAE-IX is a neutral Internet traffic exchange platform that interconnects global networks and, above all, network operators and content providers in the GCC region. UAE-IX is built on a fully redundant switching platform located in two high-class secure data centers in Dubai. Initiated by the UAE’s Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) and fully managed by DE-CIX, who operates the world´s largest Internet Exchange based in Frankfurt Germany, UAE-IX delivers a highly available local alternative for regional traffic exchange, localizing Internet content. UAE-IX will reduce latency times by up to 80 per cent and costs by up to 70 per cent for GCC providers. Moreover, UAE-IX will improve IP network resilience and robustness and will also help provide reliable connectivity within the GCC.  

The Gulf economy is booming and so is the region’s data traffic. HDTV, online gaming, multimedia, and cloud computing are driving data traffic here as well. Until now, Internet service providers in the GCC region have had to exchange their traffic via Europe, Asia or North America, leading to high latency rates. Initiated by the UAE’s Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) and supported by DE-CIX, UAE-IX delivers a highly available local alternative for regional traffic exchange, localizing Internet content.  It will dramatically improve routing efficiency and the quality of the Internet experience for end-users.