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LINX Bi-Directional Optical Transceiver product launched at IXManchester conference

20th April 2017

LINX has announced a new fibre service for IXManchester members which utilises the benefits of Bi-Directional Optical Transceivers. LINX Product Manager, Jo Fereday, formally launched the product at the IXManchester regional conference at the Manchester Central Convention Complex on Wednesday 19th April.

When connecting to LINX most members connect using a fibre pair or cross connect. One fibre is dedicated to receiving data from network equipment and the other fibre will be dedicated to transmitting data to the network. Bi-Directional optical transceivers (or Bi-Di transceivers for short) will allow both the transmitting and receiving of data on a single fibre.

Benefits of Bi-Di Transceivers

  • Reduced interconnect costs
  • Double the capacity of each cross connect
  • Optical Distribution Frame (ODF) port reduction
  • Conduit space saving
  • Ports charged at the same rate as traditional optics

The new Bi-Directional Optical Transceiver product was welcomed by Tom Hill of LINX member Bytemark who commented, "As a long-standing contributor to the development of IXManchester, I'm delighted that LINX have been able to use this exchange as their first market in which to introduce the use of Bi-Directional optics.

"When IXManchester was first launched, incentives were given by third parties to encourage the quick take-up of ports on the exchange. Five years on, those incentives are long-since gone, but the with the introduction of Bi-Di optics, those members will now be able to continue growing their presence at the exchange without adding any additional monthly overheads.

Mr Hill concluded: "IXManchester is now approaching 100 connected members and continues to see significant growth in traffic rates. With the addition of Bi-Directional optics to the already lower port prices in London, IXManchester is strongly positioned among the LINX LANs as an exchange that delivers exceptional value to all current and future LINX members."

Bi-Di Availability

In the first instance LINX Bi-Directional optical transceiver services will only be available at IXManchester. However, there is an expectation that this product will be rolled out to all LINX exchanges, including both London LANs, in the future.

Further Information

For further information please visit the LINX Bi-Directional Optical Transceivers product page. Alternatively, you can email the team.

With over 770 members connecting from over 76 different countries worldwide, LINX members have access to direct routes from a large number of diverse international peering partners.

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