October 20, 2005
BBIX to Offer BBIX Tokyoâs IX Services at Equinix Tokyo IBX
Singapore — October 20, 2005 — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the leading provider of network-neutral data centers and Internet exchange services, today announced that BBIX, a Softbank-funded carrier-neutral provider of Internet exchange services in Japan, has selected Equinix's Tokyo Internet Business Exchange™ (IBX®) center as the only location
outside of its proprietary exchange points to offer its IX Connect Service.Under the agreement, customers colocating within the Equinix Tokyo IBX will be able to acquire BBIX's IX Connect Service through the Equinix Exchange service. Through this agreement, U.S. and Asia-Pacific companies colocating at Equinix's high-performance data center will be able to directly access a significant portion of the Japanese broadband end-user market via the Yahoo! BB Service's broadband network provided by Softbank BB, which includes more than 4.93 million Yahoo! BB users and is one of the largest broadband service providers in Japan. In addition, by utilizing the IX Connect Service users will be able to establish peering with other participants at BBIX Tokyo.
Equinix Exchange facilitates ISP and content peering among Equinix customers through a central switching fabric. This combined offering is expected to be especially attractive for international companies entering the Japanese market who rely on Equinix's global infrastructure services and access to a wide diversity of networks.
"Since BBIX was established in 2003, we have been working towards the goal of achieving more efficient traffic management by distributing mutual connection points in major cities throughout the country," said Mr. Michikazu Fukuchi, Director of BBIX. "We have selected Equinix as a strategic business partner for its network-neutral business model, strong global presence and world class data centre with a large variety of Tier 1 networks and enterprise customers."
"This agreement represents the first network exchange or 'peering' agreement for BBIX, enabling both BBIX and Equinix to drastically enhance their interconnection services by offering direct access to even more network service providers and content companies," said David Wilkinson, Managing Director of Equinix Japan. "This peering is a fundamental element of the Internet's infrastructure that improves the performance of the Internet for all users by enabling data to pass from one network to another without intermediary networks or bottlenecks."
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from expectations discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the challenges of acquiring, operating and constructing IBX centers and developing, deploying and delivering Equinix services; unanticipated costs or difficulties relating to the integration of IXEurope into Equinix; a failure to receive significant revenue from customers in recently built out data centers; failure to complete any financing arrangements contemplated from time to time; competition from existing and new competitors; the ability to generate sufficient cash flow or otherwise obtain funds to repay new or outstanding indebtedness; the loss or decline in business from our key customers; the results of any litigation relating to past stock option grants and practices; and other risks described from time to time in Equinix's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see Equinix's recent quarterly and annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which are available upon request from Equinix. Equinix does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.
Equinix and IBX are registered trademarks of Equinix, Inc. Internet Business Exchange is a trademark of Equinix, Inc.