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LINX Member take first 100GE port at JEDIX

By | LINX News, News

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and the London Internet Exchange (LINX) have announced that Limelight has provided a Letter of Intent (loi) that they will take the first 100GE port at JEDIX.

JEDIX, the KSA Internet Exchange powered by LINX, is situated in Jeddah. The agreement, which is subject to finalising a commercial agreement, will also see Limelight deploy its first KSA node in STC’s datacentre MG1 (MENA Gateway) as part of forming a new partnership with STC.

“With the creation of JEDIX we believe this will help increase the flow of internet traffic within the KSA and the surrounding region. Therefore a new CDN PoP will help improve the delivery of Internet content,” said Limelight.

STC and LINX stated that they are very much looking forward to working with Limelight in support of their new node and the betterment of the KSA internet experience.

Photograph courtesy of Capacity Media

Enquiries about connecting at JEDIX are being taken now. To find out more about the exchange click here.

Global Subsea Resurgence: Virginia Beach 0 – 4 in 18 Months

By | International, LINX News, News

Subsea Cables have been growing at an astounding rate of 40% CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate). Last couple of years have seen a major resurgence in the subsea projects globally. These cables are so crucial to the digital economy, that close to $10 Trillion in transactions takes place each day on these cables globally. There are approximately 448 submarine cables in service globally (as of Sep 2018), representing about 1.2 Million kms of trans-oceanic cable deployed under water around the world. The astronomical growth in demand for capacity on these cables is driven by the growth in – data generation by all of us as users, the appetite for data consumption and ‘digital everything’ phenomena taking place around us.

This resurgence in the subsea industry, has led to the formation of many successful new subsea companies, that we like to refer to as the ‘New Age Subsea Companies’ such as – Aqua Comms, Crosslake Fiber, Deep Blue Cable, Indian Ocean Xchange (IOX), Seaborn Networks, South Atlantic Express (SAEx) to name a few. There are multiple subsea projects underway by these companies in various stages of development spanning the globe and connecting various continents together.

The content providers and over-the-top (OTT) companies have also been investing significantly in the subsea cable systems. The number of cable systems that content providers and OTTs have invested in are – Amazon (3), Facebook (10), Google (14), Microsoft (4). This represents a major paradigm shift in the industry wherein earlier a large number of [international] consortiums (at times 15-20 companies) were formed to fund and implement a subsea cable system. Compare that to the present time, when you have much smaller consortiums (typically 2-3 companies), and at times one single company owning, funding and operating the entire system end-to-end. It costs anywhere from $300-$500M to design and build one subsea cable system. Various complex steps are involved in the lifecycle including – marine survey, desktop study, feasibility analysis, permitting, licensing and various other international legal matters. The lifespan of a subsea cable is ~25 years. Several subsea systems across the Atlantic are nearing their EOL, and this coupled with the exploding demand for capacity together have been the macro driving forces behind the resurgence taking place around us in the subsea industry.

The Virginia Beach Success Story
Virginia Beach has experienced unprecedented success in attracting new subsea fiber cable landings on its shores. In the last ~18-20 months or so the City of Virginia Beach has gone from having 0 subsea cables to 4. These 4 subsea cables are in various stages of development as we speak and will provide a direct and fast connection to different countries and continents of the world. This is a significant development for the state of Virginia, which is the #1 data center market in the world and has ~70% of the world’s Internet traffic passing through the state.

These subsea fiber cables that connect Virginia shoreline to various parts of the world, are extremely crucial to the digital economy and our ever-so-digital lives. By virtue of these cables spanning thousands of kilometers across the Atlantic Ocean, the State of Virginia will have direct, low-latency and high-capacity connectivity to various parts of the world including:

  1. Bilbao, Spain MAREA  8 fiber pairs      6600 kms          Operational
  2. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil BRUSA  6 fiber pairs      4000 kms          Operational
    (with BUs to Puerto Rico, San Juan & Fortaleza, Brazil)
  3. Cape Town, South Africa SAEx1  6 fiber pairs      13,300 kms       Development
    (with BUs to Fortaleza, Brazil, Ascension, St. Helena)Singapore (from Cape Town) SAEx2 6 fiber pairs      11,800 kms       Development
    (with BUs to Mtunzini, South Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius, Chennai, India)
  4. French Atlantic Coast, France DUNANT 4 fiber pairs      5000 kms          Development

MAREA is co-owned by Microsoft, Facebook and Telxius, and BRUSA is fully owned by Telxius. These two cables are operational and land at Telxius CLS in Virginia Beach. The SAEx system, comprises of two segments SAEx1 and SAEx2. SAEx1 or South Atlantic Express1 will connect from Virginia Beach to Cape Town, South Africa with Branching Units to Fortaleza, Brazil, Ascension and Saint Helena. SAEx2 or South Asia Express2 will head eastward from Cape Town, South Africa to Singapore with Branching Units to Mtunzini, South Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius and Chennai, India. In essence, SAEx (comprising of SAEx1 and SAEx2) will provide a diverse new route connecting four continents together – North America, South America, Africa and Asia. The system will avoid existing choke points, avoid seismic hazards and ultimately reduce the latency between Asia and Americas and between Asia and Africa.  The fourth system announced in DUNANT, which is owned by Google, and will be connecting to the French Atlantic Coast with a partnership with Orange.

The two operational cables – MAREA and BRUSA, both land at Camp Pendelton, a US military reserve facility in Virginia Beach. The City of Virginia Beach along with the Virginia Beach Development Authority (VBDA) is evaluating a second alternative and diverse landing point for subsea cables at Sandbridge Beach. These cables when fully built and operational, will collectively be interconnecting four continents – North America, South America, Africa and Europe – thereby making Virginia Beach at the Confluence of four Continents. Additionally, there are a few other subsea projects that are under various stages of consideration in the subsea industry to land in Virginia Beach.

The City of Virginia Beach has been proactively and diligently working with the industry to make it easy, cost-effective and faster to bring new subsea cables to the port city also now known as the “Digital Port”. Some key initiatives underway by the City of Virginia Beach include –

  • Reducing the tax rate for data center equipment to $0.40 per $100 of assessed value with a depreciation schedule of 40 percent of original cost for the first three years. The depreciation rate for year four is 30 percent and for year five and forward is 15 percent
  • Streamlining the permitting process for cable landings
  • Pursuing establishment of cable protection zones
  • Identifying alternative landing point at Sandbridge to Corporate Landing
  • Improving city’s conduit infrastructure in Corporate Landing
  • Available Dominion Energy-certified data center sites – Owned by the City of Virginia Beach Development Authority, Corporate Landing Business Park consists of 325 acres of land, of which 160 acres are “shovel ready” and available for development

Summary

The Subsea cables provide the vital backbone of the global Digital Economy. Global Subsea Resurgence will continue for at least the next 3-5 years. Diverse landing points and new business models will continue to take the center stage in this growth driving additional bandwidth capacity under the oceans. The subsea industry will be working more and more closer with the terrestrial fiber industry and the data center industry thus enabling the natural convergence of subsea fiber, terrestrial fiber and data centers.

Vinay Nagpal, President of InterGlobix joined us at LINX102, watch his presentation in full here;

Thanks to our guest authors:

Vinay Nagpal

President, InterGlobix

vinay@interglobix.com

Rob Hudome

Senior Project Development Mgr., City of Virginia Beach

rhudome@vbgov.com

Internet Exchange Operators LINX and STC Establish Strategic Partnership

By | LINX News

London Internet Exchange (LINX) and Saudi Telecom Company (STC), on December 7th 2018 marked the start of JEDIX powered by LINX, an Internet exchange in Jeddah (JEDIX), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

John Souter, CEO of LINX, said: “JEDIX powered by LINX is a real step forward for the Internet community in Saudi and the GCC as a whole. The exchange will allow networks to stop ‘tromboning’ traffic to London and back again, and will help increase resilience by creating a new centre for interconnection in the KSA.”

Kurt Erik Lindqvist, CMO of LINX announced, “The new partnership between LINX and STC forms an exciting milestone in the expansion of LINX global presence and builds on LINX’s aim of ‘Working for the Good of the Internet’ globally.

LINX, one of the world’s largest Internet Exchanges, based in London, UK, has provided the expertise and will support the operation of JEDIX powered by LINX going forward. JEDIX is a neutral Internet traffic exchange platform that interconnects global networks and, above all, network operators and content providers in the GCC region. The JEDIX is built on a fully redundant switching platform located in a neutral secure STC data center in Jeddah.

Alan Whelan, VP of STC Wholesale, commented – “STC’s ambition is to develop JEDIX into the leading internet and data hub in the MENA region. In LINX we have a global leading IX partner who will help accelerate the delivery of this ambition and create a thriving interconnection eco system in the Kingdom”

STC, Saudi’s incumbent operator and the largest operator in the MENA region, is pleased to announce its new partnership with LINX, as part of its initiative to deliver on its mandate to establish Saudi Arabia as the key Hub for telecoms connectivity, in the MENA region, as part of the Saudi Vision 2030.

Bringing Asia That Bit Closer: Japan IX and LINX Celebrate New Partnership

By | LINX News

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Japan Internet Exchange (JPIX), as they join LINX’s IXP Reseller Partner Programme.

LINX launched their IXP Reseller Programme back in 2017 when they welcomed Italian IX NaMeX to the LINX partner programme. The idea of the programme is to work collaboratively with fellow exchanges, which in turn, strengthens LINX’s overall ethos of ‘Working for the Good of the Internet’.

LINX has noticed a significant increase in members joining and peering from the APAC region since 2016. Reasons behind this include the growing interest in London as a global hub for peering, particularly for new and emerging segments such as finance, retail and enterprise. Transport costs for networks trying to reach the UK are falling, making London an attractive place to interconnect and peer.

LINX CMO, Kurtis Lindqvist says;

“We are pleased to be partnering with JPIX. This is a positive and natural move for LINX, following the increased interest and demand from networks in Asia wanting to connect and peer in London. We are excited for what the future holds!”

The new partnership will allow JPIX’s customers to connect directly to LINX’s LON1 peering platform in London via a sole carrier partner. The connection will be ordered and managed by JPIX, making it as simple as possible for their customers to connect to LINX. It’s simply an additional service the customer can take advantage of.

JPIX are excited to be the first IX in the APAC region to offer this service to their existing customers. Ryosuke Yamazoe, CEO of JPIX says;

“We have been in discussions for a partnership with LINX for quite some time and the members of JPIX have looked forward to peering with the members of LINX via the JPIX platform.”

“Users of JPIX, on the average, can achieve 60-70% peering of their overall traffic, but with the capability to interconnect with the LINX members, we believe that 80% of the overall traffic can be delivered directly, resulting in higher quality & lower delivery costs contributing to the overall efficiency to the business of our members. Through this partnership with LINX, JPIX and LINX will continue in collaborating and creating industry best solutions to the benefit of our mutual members.”

LINX is the largest, solely member-owned Internet exchange in the world, with over 850 member ASNs connected to date. LINX members have the opportunity to reach approximately 80% of the global Internet, making it an increasingly key location for networks to meet and exchange traffic.

For more information on this new partnership or future LINX projects check out www.linx.net or contact a member of the team via marketing@linx.net

 

Ends

 

Notes to Editors:

 

About London Internet Exchange (LINX)

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) is one of the largest Internet exchanges in the world, connecting over 850 member ASNs from 80 countries around the globe. LINX continues to expand their London presence with 16 locations across London along with regional exchanges in Wales, Manchester and Scotland. LINX also operates an Internet exchange in the Ashburn metro area in the US just outside Washington DC.

 

About JPIX

Since JPIX was established in July 1997 as the first commercial IX in Japan, they have provided IX service from a neutral standpoint. They currently offer IX port service in Nagoya and Osaka, in addition to the Tokyo metropolitan area, customers in other regions can peer locally without having to longer to arrange for a circuit from their premises to Tokyo as in the past.

By having IXs in multiple regions, it also becomes possible to use them to secure backup routes in the event of a large-scale disaster. Fiber switches provide complete redundancy for the IX equipment, and the impact of an unlikely equipment failure is kept to a minimum by automatically switching to backup equipment.

The maximum volume of traffic flowing through JPIX’s IXs exceeded 1Tbps as of March 2018. With about 190 member companies, the most of any IX in Japan, JPIX play a vital role as the core of Japan’s Internet.

LINX Join the MANRS IXP Programme

By | Internet Governance, LINX Governance, LINX News, News

Today the London Internet Exchange announced that it has joined the MANRS IXP Programme and will be supporting the MANRS initiative.

MANRS (Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security) was created by members of the network operator community as an initiative to promote good practices in routing security. Weaknesses in routing security can lead to route leaks, IP address spoofing and even route hijacks, facilitating DDoS, traffic inspection and other security breaches. MANRS provides crucial fixes to reduce the most common routing threats.

MANRS Actions outline simple but concrete actions network operators should take. Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) are important partners in the MANRS community. The MANRS Actions were initially designed for network operators, but IXPs can serve as a collaborative focal point to discuss and promote routing security. To address the unique needs and concerns of IXPs, the community created a related but separate set of MANRS actions for participating IXPs.

Malcolm Hutty, Head of Public Affairs at LINX says;

“MANRS is an important initiative for promoting best practices for routing security. LINX is pleased to support it, and to encourage others to follow its guidance, for all our protection”

Andrei Robachevsky from ISOC, which provides organisational support for the MANRS programme, will be presenting at the forthcoming LINX102 member event in Manchester next week.

For more information, please refer to the MANRS website www.manrs.org or contact publicaffairs@linx.net