LINX Newsletter (March 2019)

LINX Member Limelight Networks take first 100GE port at JEDIX

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and the London Internet Exchange (LINX) have announced that Limelight has provided a Letter of Intent (loi) that they will take the first 100GE port at JEDIX.

Photograph courtesy of Capacity Media

JEDIX, the KSA Internet Exchange powered by LINX, is situated in Jeddah. The agreement, which is subject to finalising a commercial agreement, will also see Limelight deploy its first KSA node in STC’s datacentre MG1 (MENA Gateway) as part of forming a new partnership with STC.

Press Release

JEDIX Website

The JEDIX website is now live and to coincide with the launch a number of informative videos have been made available in the JEDIX News section. As a taster here are two of those videos which explain the partnership arrangement and the value that JEDIX will bring to the region as a wider vision of becoming a ‘Dynamic Digital Hub’.

Farewell to LINX Chairman, Murray Steele

It is with great sadness we advise you of Murray Steele’s resignation as independent chairman of LINX. Whilst he took a keen interest in the business, Murray’s role was a non-executive one; John Souter and his executive team will ensure packets continue to flow and that the business is unaffected.

Murray was given a formal farewell at LINX HQ in March with the presentation by CEO John Souter of a goodbye gift from all the staff.

Simon Woodhead has been confirmed as the newly elected chairman of the Board (and previously vice-chairman), who picks up Murray’s commitments from this point forwards. As announced at LINX104, the Board have begun the search for a replacement independent chairman.

LINX104 Member Conference Review

The LINX104 member conference proved to be a great success with strong turn out and many interesting presentations. We’ve picked out three that may be of interest which can be seen below.

Fire Suppression Systems were covered in a talk by Steve Wright, Director of 4D Data Centres and member of the LINX Board. This session featured a brief summary of the different fire suppression systems in use in data centres plus some real world experiences.

Johar Alam of guest IXP the Indonesian Internet Exchange shared IIX’s experiences in using the LINX MoU template model and tech documents in helping establish IIX and the OpenIXP in Indonesia

There was also a very informative presentation on 5G by BT’s Chief Architect Neil McRae

If you like to see the full list of topics covered please visit the LINX104 event page.

LINX Round Up

LINX Partner News

Thanks to all our LINX ConneXions Resellers that visited our stand at Peering Days this month in Zagreb. Thanks for stopping by IX Reach, Epsilon, Telia Carrier and RETN.

The LINX Partner programme has become a major source of new members at the exchange and we would like to welcome Aamra Companies who have joined and are now peering in London. Thanks to LINX ConneXions Reseller Partner Epsilon for making this happen. Aamra serves 1,600 customers in various industry segments across Bangladesh including Finance, Healthcare and Telecommunications.

“Our work with Epsilon is part of a wider strategy that is focused on connecting our customers in Bangladesh across Europe. Our Point of Presence (PoP) in Marseille was the first step and Epsilon has supported us with extended connectivity to some of Europe’s most important IXs,” said Syed Faruque Ahmed, Chairman, aamra companies.”

News Story

Quick Profile: Inga Turner (Member Relations)

LINX Member Relations Representative, Inga Turner, spent a number of years working in customer service roles dealing with clients and major organisations directly, so is ideally suited to her position at LINX.

At NANOG75 in San Francisco in February Inga took part in her first industry panel session in the Women Tech Forum (WTF) discussing diversity & inclusion in our industry. She also visited Sao Paolo for Capacity Latam to learn more about the South American peering market.

Inga told us, “I am very passionate about providing the best possible service and believe in treating all clients with the utmost care. I love talking to members and helping get the best out of LINX membership. The North and South American events were very interesting and have certainly given me a wider understanding of the telecoms community.”

Upcoming Events – Meet with LINX

2019 Events

As we move into April the industry events calendar really kicks in with conferences and exhibitions taking place all over the world.

These include the Middle Eastern Network Operators Group in Beirut, Lebanon, and the 14th Global Peering Forum in Montreal, Canada. There’s also a LINX NoVA 5th Birthday social in Reston, Northern Virginia, on the 4th April. Why not join us to help us celebrate!

Closer to home we have a LINX Manchester social which takes place the day before UKNOF43 on the 8th April.

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

Save the Dates!

Please note that the next LINX member conference will NOT follow the usual date pattern due to clashes with other events. The LINX105 and the AGM and Board Elections will take place on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th May at the Park Plaza Victoria in London

What you may have missed

Global Subsea Resurgence: Virginia Beach 0 – 4 in 18 Months

At LINX102 in Manchester in August LINX were pleased to welcome Vinay Nagpal of Interglobix to speak on the topic of global subsea cables. We published an article on this subkect in the recent HotLINX magazine but Vinay, with additional content supplied by Rob Hudome, Senior Project Development Manager, City of Virginia Beach,  has kindly produced a more detailed version which now available to read on the LINX website.

“There are approximately 448 submarine cables in service globally (as of Sep 2018), representing about 1.2 Million kms of trans-oceanic cable deployed under water around the world. The astronomical growth in demand for capacity on these cables is driven by the growth in – data generation by all of us as users, the appetite for data consumption and ‘digital everything’ phenomena taking place around us.”

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