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du Alliance Brings Platform Equinix to the Middle East by Creating a New Hub in Dubai



  du Alliance Brings Platform Equinix to the Middle East by Creating a New Hub
  in Dubai

 Equinix acquires data center in Dubai; du establishes datamena transit zone

Business Wire

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. & DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- November 20, 2012

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center
company, and Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC (DFM: du),
today announced they have entered into an alliance to deliver data center and
interconnection services to customers in the Middle East.

This alliance will establish the first world-class, carrier-neutral hub in the
region where carriers, content providers, cloud providers, financial service
and enterprise customers colocate critical data infrastructure.

To underpin the alliance’s initial business offering, Equinix has acquired a
newly built data center facility in Dubai. Equinix will operate this new
International Business Exchange^™ (IBX^®) data center, which has capacity of
44,000 square feet and approximately 650 cabinets. The first phase of the data
center is expected to be completed and open for business by January 1, 2013.
Equinix expects to invest approximately US$40 million for the acquisition,
upgrade and future expansion of this site.

Additionally, du has created the recently announced datamena brand, and
expects to invest an equivalent amount to further grow the datamena platform
and service portfolio over time. datamena constitutes a transit zone, which
allows international customers to host and distribute content, and to trade
data capacity in a cost effective way. datamena services will only be
available in the data centers in the alliance. Along with investments in the
datamena hub, du has also secured the capability to offer its enterprise
customers du managed data center services and data center capacity.

Through this alliance, customers of Equinix and du will benefit from close
proximity to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and regional market and have the
opportunity to connect to more than 4,000 customers across Platform Equinix^™.
This brings significant advantages to customers looking to expand their global
footprint, and is expected to be a growth accelerator for businesses in the
UAE and the rest of the Middle East region. UAE-based organizations will be
able to gain competitive advantage through the provision of operationally
reliable, highly resilient and secure data center facilities located within
country. The alliance will allow du to offer network, interconnection and data
center services to its existing and growing UAE customer base.

“The Middle East continues to strengthen its position as an important business
hub and we are seeing increased demand from our customers for data center
services across the region. We see Dubai and the UAE as a key business gateway
and are excited to open a new data center in the area to help facilitate
growth,” said Eric Schwartz, president, Equinix EMEA. “Many companies are
looking to expand their operations into and out of the area, and we will be
working with du to provide the connectivity and services they require to
succeed.”

Osman Sultan, CEO for du, said, “The alliance enables our customers to expand
their digital footprint from a location where some of the fastest-growing
markets in the world intersect. The introduction of datamena and a
carrier-neutral data center will act as a catalyst for the next stage of
internet development in the region. This resonates with the UAE’s vision of
enhancing its role as a regional business hub and to be one of the best places
to do business in the world.”

About du

We opened for business in 2006. We offer mobile and fixed telephony, broadband
connectivity and IPTV services to individuals, homes and businesses. We also
provide carrier services for businesses and satellite up/downlink services for
TV broadcasters.

As a rapidly-growing enterprise, we have over 2,000 people working to enhance
and expand our bouquet of service offerings. Our people come from over 60
countries - we mirror the rich cultural diversity of our nation, while being
able to serve our customers in a variety of languages.

Over 50 percent of our senior management team and customer-facing employees
are UAE nationals, and we remain committed to providing fulfilling
opportunities for quality talent in a cosmopolitan working environment.

By the end of Q2 2012, more than 5.7 million people and over 50,000 businesses
have chosen to use our services. In a survey conducted by ARC Chart, we were
named the Best Mobile Broadband Network 2012 in the Middle East and Africa
region. We also ranked first in MENA’s Standard & Poor/Hawkamah Environmental,
Social and Corporate Governance Index in 2011.

du is 39.5 percent owned by Emirates Investment Authority, 20.075 percent by
Mubadala Development Company PJSC, 19.5 percent by Emirates Communications and
Technology LLC and the remaining stake by public shareholders. du is listed on
the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) and trades under the name ‘du’.

About Equinix

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects more than 4,000 companies directly to
their customers and partners inside the world’s most networked data centers.
Today, businesses leverage the Equinix interconnection platform in 30
strategic markets across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. www.equinix.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and
uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from expectations
discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such
differences include risks and uncertainties associated with our expansion to
the Middle East, including, but not limited to, the risks and challenges of
international operations and entering into an alliance with a new partner. We
also face other general risks, including, but not limited to, the challenges
of acquiring, operating and constructing IBX centers and developing, deploying
and delivering Equinix services; unanticipated costs or difficulties relating
to the integration of companies we have acquired or will acquire into Equinix;
a failure to receive significant revenue from customers in recently built out
or acquired data centers; failure to complete any financing arrangements
contemplated from time to time; competition from existing and new competitors;
the ability to generate sufficient cash flow or otherwise obtain funds to
repay new or outstanding indebtedness; the loss or decline in business from
our key customers; and other risks described from time to time in Equinix’s
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see
Equinix’s recent quarterly and annual reports filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission, copies of which are available upon request from Equinix.
Equinix does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking
information contained in this press release.

Equinix and IBX are registered trademarks of Equinix, Inc. International
Business Exchange is a trademark of Equinix, Inc.

Contact:

Equinix Media Contacts
Equinix, Inc.
Melissa Neumann, +1 650-598-6098 (Global/US)
mneumann@equinix.com
or
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Camille Pomey, +44 (0)20 8846 0789 (EMEA)
londonequinix@text100.com
or
Equinix Investor Relations Contact
Equinix, Inc.
Katrina Rymill, +1 650-598-6583
krymill@equinix.com
or
du Media Contacts
Saugat Chatterjee, +971 55 9367045
Brand & Communications
du
saugat.chatterjee@du.ae
or
LeoComm PR
Reka Sepsy, +971 4 367 6154 (Tel)
+971 55 220 68 20 (Mobile)
reka.sepsy@leocommpr.com
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