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Patrick Gilmore elected to LINX Council

LINX Members reinforce global position as Patrick Gilmore is elected to LINX Council. Members attending the Annual General Meeting of the London Internet Exchange (LINX) in London have elected Patrick Gilmore of Akamai Technologies to its Council of non-executive directors. Patrick succeeds Nigel Titley from Easynet who has retired after serving as a Council member since LINX's inception in 1994.

LINX chairman Grahame Davies said: "Nigel played a pivotal role in ensuring that LINX became one of the world's leading Internet exchanges and LINX owes much of its success to Nigel's extensive Industry expertise and sound judgement. We thank him sincerely for his tireless contribution over the past twelve years.

Grahame added: "We are pleased to welcome Patrick to LINX Council. As its first overseas based director, LINX will undoubtedly benefit from a different perspective and I am looking forward to working closely with Patrick to ensure LINX's continued success.

Patrick Gilmore is responsible for peering at Akamai Technologies, personally overseeing the company's direct participation at 26 Internet exchanges. Looking forward to his new role, Patrick commented: "As a Council member my primary focus will be in targetting increased utility of LINX for UK-based networks and creating an upsurge in the amount of traffic networks can pass at the exchange. LINX has been incredibly successful in the UK and in Europe and I strongly believe that input from outside the region will help develop a more global perspective and enable LINX to push the boundaries further."

LINX Members also re-elected Raza Rizvi of Opal Solutions who, after serving a total of four years on LINX Council, has ably demonstrated his commitment to making LINX the clear choice for companies seeking to improve the delivery of their content to the Internet community. During the past year, LINX membership grew by 35% and the amount of traffic passed over the exchange more than doubled.

Notes to editors:

1. LINX (www.linx.net) is a mutual, not-for-profit organisation whose members include almost all the major UK ISPs and content delivery service providers plus many from the USA, mainland Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and Africa. Every member of LINX has an equal vote in the management of the organisation’s affairs.
2. More than 96 per cent of the Internet traffic exchanged between ISPs in the UK passes through LINX equipment.
3. Connection of Internet networks at an 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.
4. The Internet traffic at LINX consists of a wide variety of data including website downloads, business information and e-mails. However, one gigabit is roughly equivalent to 60,000 average email messages - so peak traffic at LINX would now accommodate more than 6 million email messages per second.
5. Members of LINX Council are: Raza Rizvi (Opal Solutions), Stephen Wilcox (Telecomplete), Grahame Davies (TPTB Ltd), Neil McRae (COLT), John Souter (LINX Chief Executive), Simon Lockhart (Bogons) and Patrick Gilmore (Akamai)

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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