Internet service provider Hurricane Electric has announced its first connection in South Korea at the Korea Internet Neutral eXchange (KINX), which promises to increase its network capacity, reduce latency and improve fault tolerance to the Asia Pacific nation.

KINX serves as an efficient and economical Internet traffic exchange services to major ISPs and global carriers in South Korea, including CDN operators, cable operators, financial institutions and government agencies. It is hence expected to offer a substantial boost to Hurricane Electric’s core business of providing transit between multiple networks.

KINX Korea Internet Exchange
KINX Korea Internet Exchange – KINX

Accommodating Korean expansion

Pointing to plans by the South Korean government to spend up to a trillion won (US$890 million) in 2015 on IT-related industries that include the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cars, Hurricane Electric says it will provide the connectivity option to accommodate the country’s expansion plans.

Hurricane Electric is keen to point out that its network offers dual stack support for IPv4 and IPv6 over the same port at speeds of 1Gbps, 10Gbps and 100Gbps Ethernet. This offers seamless transition to businesses who may be eyeing an eventual transition to IPv6, but who are not ready yet.

“Over the last several years, Hurricane Electric has experienced a significant demand for high-speed Internet transit in the Asia Pacific region,” said Mike Leber, president of Hurricane Electric in a statement.

“This is our sixth connection in an Asian city and our first in South Korea. We hope to continue building our presence in this region in order to satisfy the demand for IP within Asia’s business markets,” he said.

Hurricane Electric says it has over 100 PoPs worldwide that makes up its global transit network at the moment, and that it exchanges traffic directly with more than 4,000 different networks.