IX Birmingham: first internet exchange in the West Midlands courtesy of Proximity Data Centres

04 May 2023

In further exciting news for Birmingham, Proximity Data Centres has announced IX Birmingham, the first regional internet exchange in the heart of the West Midlands.

Located at Proximity’s Birmingham Edge 8 tier 3 data centre, IX Birmingham will allow businesses across the city and local region to have access to higher-speed, lower latency connectivity options by eliminating the need to route all their data via exchanges in London and Manchester - local data stays local while other data can be accessed through traditional centralised internet exchanges.

“I have long pushed for the establishment of an Internet Exchange in Birmingham, recognising that it is a key component of the digital infrastructure that our businesses need to create and accelerate new products and services,” said Raj Mack, Birmingham City Council’s head of digital city and innovation. “The IX Birmingham will greatly enhance the capability of the city as a leading international digital city and its reputation as Digital Birmingham.”

“The Council welcomes this exciting initiative which is line with our vision for creating new innovative opportunities that maximise the use of digital technologies and the skills and capabilities of our citizens and local businesses,” said Peter Bishop, director for digital and customer services at Birmingham City Council. “Working closely with Proximity’s Edge IX division we aim to ensure digital businesses including those in the creative, healthcare and manufacturing industries are no longer disadvantaged by the absence of an internet exchange on their doorstep.”

“We selected Birmingham as our first Edge IX location as the region’s digital community has remained underserved when it comes to the lowest latency solutions possible for sending or receiving data. We are looking forward to delivering similar benefits to other regions of the UK and Europe during this year and in 2024,” said Commented John Hall, managing director-colocation, Proximity Data Centres.