Microsoft joins Qatar Internet Exchange Point

Ali Al-Suwaidi, Head of Technical Affairs Department, Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) and Chair of QIXP Steering Committee.

Doha: Microsoft has become a member of Qatar Internet Exchange Point (QIXP), along with a group of service providers, academic institutions and other local entities.

QIXP is a non-profit, carrier-neutral Internet Exchange Point established for the development of the Internet and digital ecosystem in Qatar. It acts as a meeting point, allowing Internet service providers, digital content service providers, educational institutions, and government and private entities to exchange Internet traffic within Qatar, rather than exchanging local data and information outside the country.

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“We are pleased that Microsoft has joined the QIXP, which will benefit all members as much of the traffic going to Microsoft is localized for easy access, improving the overall quality of the Internet and providing faster and safer access to hosted digital content .” said Ali Al Suwaidi, Head of Technical Affairs Department, Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) and Chair of QIXP Steering Committee.

“QIXP contributes to providing a first-class infrastructure and informatics backbone, developing the information and communication technology (ICT) sector and building a knowledge-based economy, contributing to the diversification of the national economy, which is the national second development strategy 2018-2022 of Qatar and the goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030. QIXP is in the process of onboarding some of the leading entities from both the government and private sectors to associate with QIXP and become members for further expansion plans that local and international service providers for digital content will continue to attract,” he added.

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“At Microsoft, we are committed to providing the most trusted, secure, and compliant cloud services, with privacy at the heart of all our innovations, and our cloud data center region in Qatar, which will enable businesses to innovate in their industries, with advanced data security , privacy and the ability to store data in-country,” said Lana Khalaf, General Manager, Microsoft Qatar.

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The QIXP Steering Committee was established by Cabinet Decision No. (24) of 2018. It aims to use the infrastructure available in the country through which the ISPs’ systems work, in addition to the content delivery network, by exchanging Internet traffic.

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