LINX Newsletter (March 2020)

LINX Cardiff Becomes LINX Wales as Regional Internet Exchange Welcome NGD to the Network

LINX have confirmed expansion plans for their regional Internet exchange in Wales as they build out their network into Next Generation Data’s (NGD) world class data centre near Newport.

Currently located in the BT Stadium House facility, the LINX regional exchange formerly known as LINX Cardiff, has now been rebranded as LINX Wales following its link up with NGD.

Next Generation Data is home to UK enterprise, global cloud providers, global integrators and Fortune 500 companies. NGD’s out of town facility is Europe’s largest data centre, offering vast amounts of space and totally renewable power. The facility supports the colocation and cloud hosting requirements of organisations of all sizes including the provision of bespoke data halls for larger customers. In addition to full representation from the leading UK carriers, thousands of individual fibres including dark fibres are installed at multiple entry points into an expanding array of meet-me rooms.

Justin Jenkins, CEO, Next Generation Data, said: “We are delighted our world class data centre campus has been chosen as the new base for hosting and supporting the ongoing expansion of LINX Wales. NGD is fast becoming an Internet hub and a major communications node for Wales and the West of England.”

NGD Sponsors LINX in London in February

LINX were delighted to welcome NGD as Silver Sponsors at its 108th member conference in London on the 24th February.

Pictured at the Next Generation Data stand from left to right are IT Director Damian Sadler, LINX Product Manager Jo Fereday, NGD Account Executive Hannah Curwen and LINX CEO Kurtis Lindqvist.

You can read more on the LINX Wales news story via the press release link below.

Press Release

Industry News Briefing

In our Industry News Briefing we highlight a few of the current news stories relating to the LINX membership.

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Saudi Arabia drives fibre penetration with open access network

Saudi Arabian regulator, Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), has managed to get all telcos on the same page to join an open access network initiative.

While the theory of an open access network is one which can be appreciated by many, the realities of making such initiatives work are another matter. Not only does the appropriate frameworks have to be put in place, all the telcos have to agree. This is a significant hurdle, but it seems the CITC has negotiated it quite effectively.

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Telegeography’s 2020 Middle East Telecom Map Has Landed

TeleGeography’s 2020 Middle East Telecommunications Map, sponsored by GBI, is now available. The 2020 edition depicts 54 active and three planned submarine cable systems and inset infographics provide even more data, covering prices, bandwidth, and subscriber metrics.

Read the full blog from Telegeography for further information including details on how to secure your copy of the map.

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LINX Round Up

Pieter Knook Formally appointed as LINX Chairman at LINX108 member conference

Pieter Knook was formally appointed as LINX Chairman at an EGM vote at the LINX108 member conference in London on the 24th February.

The vote was based on an initial term of three years commencing 1st December 2019. The motion was overwhelmingly passed with 93.33% of those voting approving the appointment.

Pieter was unfortunately unable to attend LINX108 in person due to a commitment made prior to taking up the Chairman role. However, a short video introduction was played out to the membership during the event to help give a background on his career to date, his views on LINX’s mission, vision and values plus what he sees as the future challenges for the exchange.

You can learn more about Pieter’s appointment in the original press release.

Press Release

LINX NOC Chat Facility

A new feature was added to the LINX website and member portal recently, a live “NOC Chat” facility. This means members now have an additional method of contacting us 24/7 – in addition to Phone and email – where they can chat directly to the NOC.

Two members used the service on the very first day of operation and it successfully enabled a quick response and resolution of their issues.

The Chat Now facility can be found in the bottom right hand corner of your browser window when you are logged into the member portal.

If you have any questions please contact our Member Relations team.

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What you may have missed

LINX Incentive Scheme update

LINX launched a new incentive scheme in January offering members six months free on 1GE to 10GE port upgrades as well as new 100GE ports for orders received during the first half of the year.

If a member places and commits to a 12 month minimum contract term by 30th June, the member will receive the first six months free of the contract term, and subsequently pay normal port fees for the remaining six months.

This incentive is available on all LINX LANs, excluding JEDIX. There are two situations that qualify for this incentive;

  • Upgrades from one or more 1GE ports to one or more 10GE ports

and / or

  • Purchase of additional 100GE ports, whereby a member already has a live 100GE on any LINX LAN.

The full terms and conditions of the incentive scheme can be viewed on the LINX website.

2020 Fees & Incentive Programme

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