15.07.2021

Bundesnetzagentur's broadband speed checker now linked directly with DE-CIX internet exchange

Jochen Homann: "Broadband speed checker now even easier to access"

The servers for the Bundesnetzagentur's broadband speed checker – "Breitbandmessung" – are now linked directly with the world's leading internet exchange in Frankfurt operated by DE-CIX. Together with
DE-CIX and Core-Backbone GmbH, zafaco GmbH and the Bundesnetzagentur have put the link into operation and created even better speed test options.

"Linking up the broadband speed checker directly with DE-CIX's internet exchange has been an important step. I am pleased that our joint efforts have been successful. The speed checker is now even easier for internet service providers to access. Consumers will benefit from even more reliable internet speed tests," said Jochen Homann, Bundesnetzagentur President.

In the past few days, the broadband speed checker has been linked up directly with DE-CIX's Apollon platform in Frankfurt and with DE-CIX's locations in Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Munich via GlobePEER Remote. DE-CIX is providing two 100G access ports and corresponding interconnection services free of charge to enable easily accessible broadband speed tests in Germany. The broadband speed checker was first moved from Core-Backbone GmbH's network into a separate, autonomous system. The new system has a redundant 100 Gbit/s link with DE-CIX's internet exchange and Core-Backbone GmbH.

The link with DE-CIX's internet exchange means that broadband providers can directly connect their networks with the autonomous system.

This improves the transparent conditions for carrying out tests and for assessing internet access performance even more. Interconnection with the new autonomous system is open to all internet service providers. Requests can be sent by email to peering(at)breitbandmessung.de.

About the broadband speed tests

The broadband speed checker was developed for the Bundesnetzagentur by zafaco GmbH and has been used since 2015 to record and assess the performance of fixed and mobile internet access services. The speed tests are provider and technology neutral.

About zafaco GmbH

As a service provider, zafaco GmbH has specialised in checking the quality of internet access and telecommunications networks. Among other things, the company carries out independent benchmarking tests and quality assessments using its own technical infrastructure. zafaco GmbH is a partner for regulatory authorities, telecommunications providers and industry customers.

About DE-CIX

DE-CIX (Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange) is the world's leading operator of internet exchanges. At its 28 locations in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia, DE-CIX interconnects nearly 2,300 carriers, ISPs, content providers and corporate networks from more than 100 countries and offers peering, cloud and interconnection services. DE-CIX's internet exchanges with a connected customer capacity of more than 80 terabits together form the world's largest neutral interconnection ecosystem. DE-CIX's internet exchange in Frankfurt am Main is one of the world's largest internet exchanges, with a data throughput of more than 10 terabits per second (Tbps) and more than 1,000 connected networks. Further information is available at www.de-cix.net.

About Core-Backbone GmbH

Core-Backbone GmbH is an established and successful carrier headquartered in Germany. The company, which has been constantly growing for more than 15 years, operates a network spanning the globe over three continents. Core-Backbone GmbH is a reliable partner for operating a safe, highly available and good-performance infrastructure.