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IXManchester 8

19th Apr 2017

IXManchester staged its eighth regional meeting at the Manchester Central Convention complex on Wednesday 19th April 2017. These meetings are an excellent opportunity to hear about what's happening at IXManchester while offering the opportunity to network with other interested parties and industry professionals. The meeting took place the day before another important industry event in the same city, the United Kingdom Network Operators' Forum (UKNOF).

Registration & Attendee List

Registration was open from 12:50 on Friday 10th March 2017 and closed at 12:30 on Wednesday 12th April 2017. Registration for IXManchester 8 was only available to members only.

Meeting Sponsors

General Sponsor

Xantaro with Infinera


If you are interested in sponsoring a future event please email in the LINX Marketing & Business Development team for more information.


Wednesday Topic Speaker
10:00 AM Registration Opens - Refreshments will be available -
11:00 AM Event Start including IXManchester Update
LINX Business Development Executive, Mark Stokes, will also be on hand explain his role as an IXManchester representative at local events
Kurtis Lindqvist
11:20 AM Engineering Update
LINX network infrastructure update plus IXManchester specific developments
Tim Preston
11:45 AM Sponsor Presentation: Xantaro with Infinera
Dark Fibre Access
Nick Watkins
11:55 AM Member Technical Talk: Fluency Communications
Update on Openreach DFA
Charlie Boisseau
12:15 PM Public Affairs: Cyber Security update Dan Smith
13:00 PM Lunch Break - Refreshments will be available -
14:00 PM Working with Akamai to improve HTTP(S) traffic flows Thomas Mangin
14:15 PM Local Market Developments
including data centre news and events
Lizzi Long
14:30 PM LINX Product Update: Bi-Directional Optics
LINX is to trial a new optics product on 10G ports at IXManchester. This session will explain what is planned and how the service could be rolled out across the LINX network in future
Jo Fereday
14:40 PM Member Technical Talk: B4RN
This presentation will talk about B4RN's progression, their increased capacity into Manchester and the opportunity for providers to take wavelengths from B4RN to Scotland
Tom Rigg
15:05 PM IXManchester Steering Committee Update
- 5 years of IXManchester
- Steering Committee News
Mathew Hattersley
15:30 PM 20 minute refreshment break -
15:50 PM Member Technical Talk: Metronet UK
Merging the Metronet and M247 networks from a technical perspective
Craig Aspey
16:05 PM IXManchester Channel Update
ConneXions partner programme and stats update
Jo Fereday
16:15 PM Panel Session and Q&A
Discussion on Internet communities v commercial interest in peering
Session chaired by Mathew Hattersley. Contributors to include Tom Hill (Bytemark), James Blessing (JISC), Chris Northwood (Manchester TechNights) and Charlie Boisseau (Fluency Communications)
17:00 PM Final Thoughts Kurtis Lindqvist
17:15 PM Event Close
A post-event social was held at Pie & Ale on Lever Street


LINX has been webcasting its meetings since LINX41 held in May 2003. If you are unable to attend a LINX meeting for any reason the webcast is a great way to stay involved. The stream can be accessed by members only via an authenticated link on this website on the day of the meeting. The image quality is excellent and you can be involved in discussions via the IRC channel during the event.

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