Internet Traffic Begins to Bypass the U.S.

Joe Abley jabley at
Mon Sep 15 09:39:28 CDT 2008

On 15 Sep 2008, at 05:40, Jim Mercer wrote:

> there is an exchange, however, when i last interacted  
> with
> them several years ago, it was a relatively closed club.

Unless things have changed recently, it's more of a monopoly transit  
provider than an exchange point. It's a service of Emirates Telecom/ 
Etisalat, AS8966; it's who people are obliged to buy transit from,  
there being no alternative for licensed ISPs. They do like to use the  
word "exchange" though, which can give the wrong impression.

If it seems like a closed club, perhaps that's more of an ISP  
licensing issue in UAE than anything else.


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