During 2008 LINX has added 50 new members representing a 19% increase in membership in just eleven months. This rise is indicative of the importance networks attach to peering despite the significant drop in transit pricing over the last decade.
The LINX membership has become highly international, with networks from more than 45 countries represented. This is up from just 16 countries in the year 2000 when there were fewer than 100 members at the exchange.
Over the last quarter LINX has been bolstered by the connection of a number of major content and DNS providers plus the first European peering presence of a leading social networking site.
John Souter, LINX Chief Executive Officer said: "In addition to the major UK and global ISPs, the LINX membership includes e-commerce and DNS specialists plus content delivery and research and education networks. This makes LINX a compelling place for international peering. Our latest members broaden this still further with VoIP, IPTV and gaming services becoming more popular. "
LINX also boasts an impressive set of technical statistics, with over 600 member Ethernet ports connected, more than 140 of them at the fastest possible rate, 10GigE.
A complete list of members is available on the LINX website: https://www.linx.net/about/memberlist.html
Notes to editors:
- LINX is a mutual, not-for-profit organisation whose 300-plus members include almost all UK Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and content delivery service providers plus many from the Americas, mainland Europe, the Far East and Africa. Every member has an equal vote in the management of the organisation.
- LINX was formed in 1994 when five ISPs – PIPEX, BT Internet Services, Demon Internet, EUnet GB and JANET – recognised that there were considerable operational benefits to exchanging traffic between their networks at the same tele-hotel where they all had facilities.
- LINX has a presence at ten sites around London, all connected by secure fibre links. The extent and resiliency of the network has been further increased in 2008 with the addition of three new points of presence.
- Connection of Internet networks at an Internet exchange point such as LINX is known as 'peering'. LINX offers members the option of establishing private one-to-one peering between networks and/or 'public peering' where traffic can potentially be exchanged with any other member linked to the exchange.
- The Internet traffic at LINX consists of a wide variety of data including streaming media, website downloads, business information and emails. Peak LINX traffic is the equivalent of 660,000 simultaneous Internet video streams.
- Prices of LINX membership and services are published at: https://www.linx.net/servicefees
For more information contact:
LINX Marketing & Communications
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7645 3505