The increase in membership numbers in particular demonstrates the high level of confidence and trust that the industry places in LINX. Five years ago member numbers stood at just 120 with peak traffic at 13.5 Gigabits per second. With membership numbers more than doubling and an incredible 1500% increase in traffic, the future for LINX is looking very rosy indeed.
LINX Chief Executive Officer John Souter said: “These stats show that peering is an increasingly attractive proposition despite the availability of low transit pricing. Achieving 280 members is really significant, as critical mass is the most important factor to the success of an Internet exchange. The recent surge in the number of member 10GigE ports show how important peering is to even the largest network operators.”
LINX now has members in over 40 countries and territories. It is interesting to note that while a large proportion of members come from the traditional LINX heartland of Europe, the gap with the rest of the world is beginning to close. Nearly a quarter of all members are now based outside Europe with those in North America equating to 14.7% with a further 7.5% coming from Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania.
For a complete list of LINX members please visit: https://www.linx.net/about/memberlist.html
1. LINX is a mutual, not-for-profit membership organisation of ISPs and content delivery service providers from Europe, North America, the Middle East, the Far East, Australasia and Africa.
2. Connection of Internet networks at an Internet exchange point (IXP) 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.