DE-CIX #phoenix , the global #IXP operator’s fifth North American market, is now live.

Services are available at EdgeConneX and PhoenixNAP. The news follows last week’s confirmation of #DECIX #leipzig , which is due to open before the end of this year.

“DE-CIX believes that all major markets need at least two large #peering exchanges for sufficient #connectivity and diversity and we are thrilled to bring our platform to this very important market,” said Ivo Ivanov, CEO of DE-CIX International.”

DE-CIX said Phoenix expands the company into new markets across the US while enhancing gateway access between North America, South America, and Europe. It is already directly interconnected to DE-CIX Dallas, one of the top 20 exchanges in North America. DE-CIX Phoenix also offers access to DE-CIX IXs across the US and the company’s globally interconnected platforms throughout Europe and the Middle East.

And five is the magic number for this market. Not only does Phoenix represent the operator’s fifth North American market it is also the fifth fastest-growing city in the US, is within five hours driving time from both Las Vegas and Los Angeles – which are only 5 milliseconds from Phoenix – and represents the fifth largest datacenter market in the US.