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Leading ISPs Come Together For First Ever European Peering Forum

Three of the world's leading Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), AMS-IX, DE-CIX and LINX, are hosting the first ever European Peering Forum on the 29th and 30th of November 2006 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Sponsored by Foundry Networks and IXEurope, this unique event is designed to bring together more than 150 individuals from the respective IXP member organisations to discuss all aspects of peering from negotiating to operations.

Peering is a cost neutral arrangement between two Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to exchange Internet traffic. It is undertaken to reduce costs and provide more direct routing of that traffic.

Attendees of the event will be treated to a packed agenda with many topics of interest to those present over the two days.

Many leading Industry players will be making presentations to the peering community including Martin McDermott, of Cable & Wireless who will cover the European peering landscape and Jan Paul Dekker of RTL who will talk about peering experiences from a broadcasters perspective and why it makes sense.

Martin McDermott said: "The European Peering Forum is a marvellous opportunity for those in the Industry to come together to discuss ideas and plans for the future. It's great to be involved. "

Jan Paul Dekker added: "As a broadcaster focused on delivering content in Europe, this forum provides an invaluable opportunity to share experiences and meet colleagues in other organisations with whom we already do business or hope to do business in the future."

Day two features in depth presentations on ISP system and Route Server developments, the Television without Frontiers EU directive, content delivery, 10GE experiences and operational issues. Serge Radovcic of Euro-IX will also provide an update on European market statistics.

Space is limited and registrations will only be accepted from AMS-IX, DE-CIX and LINX members on a first come first serve basis. If you are member and are interested in attending please visit the dedicated European Peering Forum website


Notes for Editors:

1. Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) - In 1997 about twenty Internet Service Providers and Telecommunication Carriers began formed the AMS-IX Association. At the moment there are over 200 members of the Association. The member profile becomes increasingly international. During 2003 the balance shifted from a majority of national to a majority of international members. Of those international parties most have a European background. Moreover, AMS-IX is now the mutual Internet Exchange with the largest number of members worldwide. (

2. Deutscher Commercial International Exchange (DEC-IX) is the carrier neutral and independent Internet Exchange in Frankfurt/Germany. Founded in the mid 1990s DE-CIX is now one the Top 3 Internet Exchanges in Europe measured both in terms of traffic exchanged and ISPs served. Located right in the heart of Europe DE-CIX offers Public Peering, VLAN, Private Interconnect and colocation services. The robust and distributed switching platform makes DE-CIX the first choice of many ISPs in Europe and throughout the rest of the world. (

3. London Internet Exchange (LINX) connects the networks of Content Delivery and Internet Service Providers so that traffic may flow more efficiently between them. LINX is one of the largest Exchange Points globally, measured both in terms of the traffic that passes over its network and the Internet routes which are directly accessible from its peering LAN. Today LINX has more than 220 members – both ISPs and content delivery service providers – from the UK, mainland Europe, the USA, Africa and the Far East handling up to 95 per cent of all UK Internet traffic. (

4. Foundry Networks®, Inc. is a leading provider of high-performance enterprise and service provider switching, routing, security, and application traffic management solutions. Foundry's 10,000 customers includes the world's premier ISPs, Metro service providers, and enterprises. (

5. IXEurope is a specialist datacenter, hosting infrastructure and business continuity solutions company. With 14 state-of-the-art IXDatacentre facilities in key European cities, it has over 450 customers in the enterprise, Internet and networking markets. (

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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