LINX Newsletter (December 2018)

LINX and Saudi Telecom Company join forces to establish JED-IX

Internet Exchange Operators LINX and STC Establish Strategic Partnership

On December 7th 2018 LINX and Saudi Telecom Company (STC) entered into an agreement to formally start JED-IX, an Internet exchange in Jeddah (JED-IX), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

LINX has provided the expertise and will support the operation of JED-IX going forward. JED-IX is a neutral Internet traffic exchange platform that interconnects global networks and, above all, network operators and content providers in the GCC region. The JED-IX exchange is built on a fully redundant switching platform located in a neutral secure STC datacentre in Jeddah.

John Souter, CEO of LINX, said: “JED-IX driven by LINX is a real step forward for the Internet community in Saudi and the GCC as a whole. The exchange will allow networks to stop ‘tromboning’ traffic to London and back again, and will help increase resilience by creating a new centre for interconnection in the KSA.”

Alan Whelan, VP of STC Wholesale, commented: “STC’s ambition is to develop JED-IX into the leading internet and data hub in the MENA region. In LINX we have a global leading IX partner who will help accelerate the delivery of this ambition and create a thriving interconnection eco system in the Kingdom.”

Press Release

Japan IX and LINX Celebrate New Partnership

LINX are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Japan Internet Exchange (JPIX), as they join LINX’s IXP Reseller Partner Programme.

The new partnership will allow JPIX’s customers to connect directly to LINX’s LON1 peering platform in London via a sole carrier partner. The connection will be ordered and managed by JPIX, making it as simple as possible for their customers to connect to LINX. It’s simply an additional service the customer can take advantage of.

Ryosuke Yamazoe, CEO of JPIX says: “Users of JPIX, on the average, can achieve 60-70% peering of their overall traffic, but with the capability to interconnect with the LINX members, we believe that 80% of the overall traffic can be delivered directly, resulting in higher quality & lower delivery costs contributing to the overall efficiency to the business of our members.”


LINX JPIX Partnership
LINX CMO, Kurtis Lindqvist, meets with JPIX at the recent Euro-IX event in Venice, Italy
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LINX Round Up

DevOps for Network Engineers Training held in Manchester

LINX Manchester staged a specialist DevOps for Network Engineers training session, and networking lunch, on Wednesday 12th December. The training was run by Steve Groombridge of Systems & Network Training, who oversees the LINX Accredited Internet Engineer (LAIT) training schemes.

The topics covered included a tour of network automation technologies with a closer look at Ansible. Further information can be found on the original event page.

The following images give a flavour of how the training session worked. If you were unable to attend please note that LINX are looking at staging further courses in the new year.

LINX Manchester DevOps Training 2018

LINX Manchester DevOps Training 2

2018 Engineering Freeze

Information regarding LINX’s annual engineering freeze was sent out in November. The freeze will be in place from Wednesday 19th December until Tuesday 7th January. Members can view the full support details and contact information on the LINX Portal.

Engineering Freeze 2018

2019 Fees and Price Reduction

At LINX103 EGM in November the LINX membership community voted in favour of the proposed price reductions for 2019. As of 1st January 2019, prices on 10G and 100G ports on LON1 and LON2 in London, and at LINX NoVA in Northern Virginia, will all be reduced by 15%.

LINX Fees Quote

Full details of the port fee reductions and 2019 LINX pricing structure can be viewed via the link below.

2019 LINX Fees

Upcoming Events – Meet with LINX

2019 Events

The 2019 events calendar gets off to a flier in January with the 42nd UK Network Operators Group in London and the Pacific Telecommunications Council event in Hawaii.

  • UKNOF42 – London, UK (15 January 2019)
  • PTC’19 – Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (20-23 January 2019)

LINX will have staff at both these conferences so if you would like to catch up with us please let us know. Please email

What our members tell us on why they attend our member conferences

  • “I am the regular attendee and want to get updated with the latest development of the LINX and also meet up with representatives from peer networks in person”
  • “A chat that ended up in an invitation. On my side big curiosity how other IXPs do their member-meetings. We can learn a lot here…”
  • “The presentations were of interest, opportunity to hear debate on the new budget”

Please note that the first two LINX member conferences of 2019 will NOT follow the usual date pattern due to clashes with other events. See right hand graphic for more details.

Save the Dates!

Save the Dates 2019

What you may have missed

LINX Awarded Internet Exchange of the Year 2018 by TMT News

Thank you to TMT News for presenting LINX with a Global Excellence Award for our success, growth and innovation in 2018. The recognition for ‘Most Outstanding Internet Exchange of the Year’ makes us very happy!

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