The LINX102 member conference will take place at the Manchester Central Convention Centre on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st August 2018.


Registration for LINX102 is now closed.

Registration for LINX member conferences is available to members only. If you are not a LINX member but wish to attend a further event please email us at where your request will be considered.

Attendee List

The LINX102 attendee list for this event can be viewed on the LINX member portal. Please note that a member log-in to the portal is required to gain access.

Attendee List

Webcast for Members

Members can access the LINX102 webcast via the Events section in the LINX Member Portal (log-in required)


Event IRC Meeting Chat

At each LINX member meeting, we announce that there is a dedicated IRC chat channel for chatter during the course of the event. This serves a useful purpose in enabling web-cast viewers to chat with those who are physically present, and also allows them to ask questions and be part of discussions etc.

IRC Meeting Chat

Meeting Tool

For LINX102 we are trialing a new system whereby delegates can arrange peering meetings with one another in a dedicated meeting area. Everyone registered for LINX102 will be automatically subscribed to an online meeting tool and will receive email notifications from with details of how to access the facility. The email also has the the option to unsubscribe from the tool.

Registrants will be given a log-in and a link to create a password. From there you will have access to your account and will be start booking your meetings, mark yourself as busy and update your settings.

These meetings can be scheduled in 30 minute time windows on Monday 20th August ONLY at the following times:

  • 10:00AM – 14:00PM (Registration opens at 10:00AM)
  • 15:30PM – 16:00PM (Refreshment Break)
  • 18:00PM – 19:00PM (Pre-Social)

Should this trial be successful we will look to expand the service at subsequent events.

Meeting Sponsors

A list of our confirmed sponsors can be found below. If you would like to sponsor an upcoming meeting, please read more about our Sponsorship Packages.

Gold Sponsor

Daisy logo

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

Coffee Sponsor

Meeting Format & Agenda

The basic overview of the event is as follows:

  • It is a standard day and a half meeting with a Social on the Monday evening.
  • Members are encouraged to provide lightning talks on their networks with these often taking place before a refreshment or lunch break.
  • Registration opens at 1000
  • Wireless connectivity plus a light lunch and refreshments will be available from late morning.
  • The meeting commences at 1330 with day one closing at approximately 1800.
  • Drinks will be available from 1800 until 1900.
  • On day two refreshments will be available from 0930 in readiness for a 1000 meeting start.
  • The second day will end at around 1545.




10:00 AM

Registration Opens

Free wireless connectivity available

10:00 AM – 14:00 PM

Scheduled Peering Meetings

All delegates will be automatically subscribed to our meeting tool. This will enable attendees to arrange private meetings with other delegates if they wish before the main programme begins in the afternoon.

13:00 PM

Light lunch and refreshments

14:00 PM

Welcome & round-the-room introductions


14:05 PM

Meeting Start

  • Housekeeping & agenda bashing
  • Review of LINX101 Minutes (Monday)
  • Promotion of the sponsors

Malcolm Hutty

14:30 PM

LINX Technology (Part 1)

  • CTO update and LINX Technology initiatives (Richard Petrie)
  • LON1 plans (Flemming Heino)

Richard Petrie & Flemming Heino

15:10 PM

Marketing & Business Development update

  • Private Meeting Tool
  • LINX Membership and Meeting Surveys

Kurtis Lindqvist

15:20 PM

Silver Sponsor Presentation: ProLabs

OTDR solutions

If a network fails, how can the fault be identified quickly and without causing major infrastructure disruption and time? For fibre laid in locations such as rural communities and remote unmanaged locations, this can be an issue. Your network is the underlying fabric of every service, every application, every transaction, it connects people and businesses to the world, but the health of any network depends on its infrastructure and management. OTDR solutions detects, locates and reports optical faults and reflections within optical fibre networks by measuring the characteristics of the fibres.

Rob Harrison

15:30 PM

30 minute refreshment break / Scheduled private meetings

16:00 PM

Technical Talk: Routing Policy Architecture
What actually makes good routing policies “good”? In this presentation Job Snijders provides a conceptual model to look at routing policy, offers terminology to help discuss routing policy, and analyses routing policy design patterns

Job Snijders

16:30 PM

Guest IXP presentation: Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX)

In our regular guest IXP slot Jesse Robbers, chief commercial officer (CCO) of AMS-IX, will present on the exchange’s activities in the Netherlands.

Jesse Robbers

17:00 PM

The Global Resurgence of Subsea Cables

Subsea cables are the most important means of global communications. With the explosive growth of the Internet and the ever-increasing consumption of data, in the recent years we have seen an exponential increase in the amount of data transferred through the subsea cable. These subsea cables are sitting on our ocean beds connecting countries and continents. Learn about the latest advances in the global subsea market, the new subsea operators globally, the role of OTTs, and new business models and pricing strategies in this vital part of the Internet Infrastructure. Also hear about the role of connectivity in Northern Virginia, making it the #1 datacenter market in the world, and the new subsea developments in Virginia Beach.

Talk presented by Vinay Nagpal, member of the Leadership Board of the NVTC Data Center & Cloud Infrastructure Committee

Vinay Nagpal

17:30 PM

MANRS presentation

Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) is a global initiative, supported by the Internet Society, that provides crucial fixes to reduce the most common routing threats. IXPs can be a collaborative focal point to discuss and promote the importance of routing security and to address the unique needs and concerns of IXPs, the community created a related but separate set of MANRS actions for IXP members. Andrei Robachevsky of the Internet Society will explain more.

Andrei Robachevsky

18:00 PM

End of day one of LINX102

  • Social commences with drinks at the Manchester Central Convention Complex from 18:00 until 19.00.
  • Scheduled private meetings

19:00 PM

LINX102 Social Event
The social will be held at an offsite venue near to the Manchester Central Convention Complex and is free to attend to all delegates who attend the LINX102 event in person.




09:30 AM

Registration Opens

10:00 AM

Welcome & round-the-room introductions


10:05 AM

Meeting Start

  • Housekeeping & agenda bashing
  • Review of LINX101 Minutes (Monday)
  • Promotion of the sponsors

Kurtis Lindqvist

10:15 AM

LINX Update

  • Operations and market developments
  • Finance & day to day activities

Kurtis Lindqvist & Malcolm Holt

10:25 AM

Peering Request Response Times

Kurtis Lindqvist

10:35 AM

NetDevOps Style Configuration Management for the Network

Configuration management is not just about backing up configs into source control. Leveraging tools like Ansible, Salt, Chef or Puppet allow you to interact with the configuration of network devices via abstraction and automated framework to save us from the pitfalls of “Finger Defined Networking”. Scripts are a great first step to automation, but they require maintenance and strong programming skills. Configuration Management leverages scripts that are maintained by the community of vendors and OpenSource. With them you provide the configuration intent in a simple and consistent fashion, and the details of implementation are handled by the tooling. In this session we will explore how the same tools system admins are using to manage servers, cloud and applications can be leveraged in the network to foster a DevOps culture across silos in the organisation.

Stuart Clark

10:55 AM

Lightning Talk

  • NIX.CZ

Ester Paal

11:00 AM

45 minute refreshment break

11:45 AM

Member Talk: Google

A two part member presentation which covers member exchanges vs. commercial exchanges plus Google tools for ISPs

Member exchanges vs. Commercial exchanges

  • Connecting networks in 1998 vs. 2008 vs. 2018 and the impacts on peering policies
  • Evolution of the character of membership-based exchanges over 20 years
  • Exchanges as innovators – technologically and operationally progressive
  • IX local or global, multi-service platforms or the heart of the community?
  • A delicate ecosystem? Commercial exchanges, membership-based exchanges and transit providers

Google Tools for ISPs

  • ISP Portal is your one stop shop for managing your Google relationship
  • Available anywhere – flexible to suit the needs of your organisation
  • Monitor your traffic and trends – dive deep or know at-a-glance
  • Manage your operational relationship with Google with speed and efficiency
  • Planning and forecasting, transparency and shared objectives

Ian Cleary

12:05 PM

Public Affairs update
LINX Head of Public Affairs, Malcolm Hutty, will provide his popular run through of the latest developments in the regulatory world

Malcolm Hutty

12:50 PM

Lightning Talk

Tim Rainey

13:00 PM


14:00 PM

Afternoon session starts

Richard Cooper

14:05 PM

BGP Hijacks
LINX Award Winner, Dr Richard Clayton, presents a talk on the activities of BGP hijackers over the past few years and what’s happening today.

Dr Richard Clayton

14:35 AM

Member Talk: BBC

Delivery of the World Cup in HD and UHD online
For the 2018 the BBC added UHD to its normal HD distribution for the World Cup. This talk will give some background on UHD, and our experience of delivering it. It will include some volumetrics, the end user performance achieved in practice, and the tools that we used to manage such a high capacity event.

Richard Cooper

15:05 PM

RIPE Policy update
In his regular member conference presentation Nigel Titley will explain progress on RIPE policy

Nigel Titley

15:15 PM

LINX Technology (Part 2)

  • LON2 operational progress
  • Operational issues and maintenance in general

Mike Hellers

15:40 PM

Day 2 round up
What have we learned, call for any last comments and feedback form filling for a chance to win an Amazon gift card.

Kurtis Lindqvist

15:45 PM

End of day two of LINX102


We have on hold 30 bedrooms at the Jurys Inn hotel which is 4 minutes walk from the venue. It is £65 for a single occupancy and £75 for a double occupancy room including breakfast and wifi. All guests also get a 20% discount on food and beverages. These rooms are on a first come first serve basis so please email if you wish to take one.

Car Parking

Manchester Central also offer discounted pre-booked car parking tickets for the NCP car park below the venue for the duration of this event. Delegates, exhibitors etc must use the code EXHIBMC when booking which will allow them to purchase a day ticket for a discounted price of £12. Please note that the tickets must be booked more than 24 hours in advance and are only valid over the two days of LINX102.