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Leading Internet Exchange Points LINX and France-IX to work together to help boost worldwide Internet growth

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) and the Paris and Marseille Internet exchange France-IX have revealed that they are to collaborate to enhance the value of peering in Europe and beyond. The collaboration will cover areas such as operations and software development as well as commercial activities and promotion.

Shared vision of building an open community of networks

Both internet exchange points (IXPs) are membership-based organisations with a shared vision: build an open community of network operators interconnecting to maintain and grow an “internet for everyone”.

With this in mind and driven by their members’ goals to provide better interconnection services, LINX and France-IX intend to share technical and commercial knowledge and expertise as well as driving the concept of regional peering and keeping traffic local.

Increased value for the members

First and foremost, the technical teams of the exchanges will work together and explore ways of providing a better service by producing and releasing new tools and processes. Development and customer service departments of both IXPs will also collaborate on other mutually beneficial projects.

Additionally, the management and business development teams of both IXPs will work together on the new services to be deployed to meet their memberships’ expectations.

Franck Simon, president at France-IX said, "One of our aims is also to work on helping both English speaking and French speaking African countries to develop IXPs, and be able to provide African networks with the ability to reach either London or Marseille".

Unprecedented partnership between IXPs in Europe

Long-standing LINX has built a community of 750 interconnected networks over the past 20 years of operations. With only 6 years of operations, France-IX has been a successful newcomer in Europe, attracting a community of 300+ networks in Paris and 30 in Marseille.

While remaining two commercially independent organisations, this agreement by the exchanges reinforces their commitment to the co-operative association model that defines the founding ethos for European IXPs.

John Souter, CEO at LINX commented, "Network operators and Internet exchanges understand how important it is to work together for a greater good. By collaborating with France-IX we can help maintain and grow an effective Internet for everyone."

Franck Simon added, “Since we launched in June 2010, we have developed partnerships with other IXPs resulting in interconnections with 5 partner IXPs in Europe and 4 IXP trainings and support in Africa. However this partnership with LINX represents a first at this level of cooperation among all sorts of areas of the operations.”


Notes to Editors:

About LINX

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) is one of the largest Internet exchanges in the world, connecting over 750 networks from more than 65 countries around the globe. As a mutual membership organisation, whose members make up a large part of the global internet, the London based IXP is in a unique position to make a difference for all as its mantra ‘Working for the Good of the Internet’ indicates. LINX continues to expand its London presence with over 11 PoPs across the capital 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.

For more information about the London Internet Exchange please visit

About France-IX

France-IX is the Premier Internet Peering Service Provider in France, offering public and private peering services through its Paris and Marseille carrier and datacenter neutral Internet Exchanges Points.

France-IX interconnects several hundreds of carriers, ISPs, content delivery networks and all other Internet players worldwide with significant traffic in the Internet French market. This enhances the affordability and latency of the Internet traffic exchanged between its members and thus improves the overall quality of the Internet in France.

Founded in June 2010 with the support of the French Internet community, France-IX is a member-based association to which neutrality, sustainability and constant improvement of the Internet are core values.

For more information, please visit or contact .

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Solène Souquet
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9th November 2016

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