LINX Newsletter (November 2019)

Celebrating 25 years of LINX at LINX107

On the 8th November 2019 LINX mark the 25th anniversary of passing its first packet of data at Telehouse. The internet world has changed beyond all recognition since then and from those humble beginnings of just five original members, LINX now has over 890 member ASNs connected in 80 countries, exchanging over 4Tb/s of traffic on the public exchange alone.

This is something to really celebrate which is why over 250 have already signed up to our LINX107 member conference at the Park Plaza Victoria in London.

LINX107 certainly has a packed agenda. Not only will be the usual focus on LINX network updates and regulatory issues there will be reflections on the past 25 years of LINX and a farewell speech from departing CEO John Souter who retires at the end of the year. There is also an EGM where members will vote on the 2020 budget.

Other topics covered include:

  • Bird Route Server project (Ondrej Filip)
  • 5G (Ian Goetz)
  • DDoS Protection (Stephan Braun)
  • Trends in 400G Optics for the Data Center (Christian Urricariet)
  • GDPR (Malcolm Hutty)
  • RPKI Introduction in a Tier1 Transit Network (Jorg Dekker)
  • IXPs in Asia (Philip Smith)
  • LINX in the 90s (Paul Thornton)

We are also delighted to welcome delegations from two guest IXPs, IX.BR / NIC.BR from Brazil and JPIX from Japan. For more information about LINX107 please visit the event page via the button below.

LINX107 & EGM Event Page

LINX107 Sponsors

LINX have a record number of sponsors at LINX107. These are Telent, Xantaro / A10, Juniper Networks, ProLabs, Nokia, IP Infusion, Edgecore Networks, Gigamon, IGX Global, Interxion and RETN. We like to thank them all for their support at this event.

Silver sponsor ProLabs will be doing a live demo of Clarity, their Auto-Tunable Transceivers product. If you’re coming to LINX107 why not drop by their stand to see it in action.

Industry News Briefing

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

If you are a LINX member and would be interested being featured in a future edition of the LINX newsletter please email us at

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon form messaging joint venture

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon have created a joint venture called the Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI) to deliver next-gen messaging for both consumers and businesses.

“People love text messaging for a reason. Texting is trusted, reliable and readily available—which is why we’re using it to build the foundation of a simple, immersive messaging experience,” said David Christopher, executive vice president and general manager, AT&T Mobility. “This service will power new and innovative ways for customers to engage with each other and their favourite brands.”

Full Story

Article Source: Capacity Media

LINX Round Up

IX-API Presentation well received at Capacity Europe

LINX CTO Richard Petrie presented at Capacity Europe in London last month about the new IX-API project.

Capacity Europe has been very successful in recent years with a LINX having its own exhibition space. A separate networking social was also arranged with France-IX and Telehouse in which 150 registered.

IX-API Project

LINX have joined forces with AMS-IX and DE-CIX to develop a common Application Programming Interface (API) to provision and configure interconnection services. It allows users to self-manage their existing and new interconnection services such as peering more effectively, from ordering new ports to monitoring provisioning processes.

Readers are reminded that you can find out more about the IX-API on the project’s website.

IX-API Website

Member & Applications Update

What a month October was for member growth! We welcomed 10 new member applications from Africa, Malaysia, Florida US, Mauritius, Singapore and South Africa.

Over half of these new applications are coming to LINX via our global ConneXions reseller partners. We have a great working relationship with our partners for the ‘Good of the Internet’ – special thanks this month to BICS, IPTP Networks, RETN, Epsilon and Workonline Communications.

For a full list of LINX members please visit the LINX website.

LINX Member List

LINX work with BICS on Remote Peering Workshop

It was great to able to support LINX ConneXions reseller partners BICS at the end of October during a workshop they hosted for the Kenyan Internet Exchange (KIXP) and their customers on the benefits of remote peering.

LINX contributed remotely, running through a presentation about peering and how we welcome global networks to our peering locations via partners like BICS. As you can see from the picture below the event was well attended and we are keen to do similar events in future.

Upcoming Events – Meet with LINX

2019 Events

2019 is coming to close but the industry events and conferences keep on coming. As we have seen LINX will be staging its 25th birthday event at LINX 107 on 11th and 12th November in London but staff members can found as far away from the UK as Kuala Lumpur, Cape Town and Hong Kong in the coming weeks.

Our visit to South Africa is particularly busy time combining four separate events including the South African Peering Forum (ZAPF). LINX will be an exhibitor at AfricaCom and sponsors at Open Access Networking and ZAPF events.

Here is a list of events where you can meet with LINX staff during November and December:
  • Peering Asia – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (6-7 November)
    • Representing LINX will be Halil Kama and Lynsey Buckingham
  •, GCCM Africa, Open Access Networking, ZAPF – Cape Town, South Africa (10-14 November)
    • Representing LINX will be Mark Stokes, Inga Turner and Megan Atkins
  • Capacity Asia – Hong Kong (3-4 December)
    • Representing LINX will be Halil Kama and Mark Stokes
  • FinTech Connect – London, UK (3-4 December)
    • Representing LINX will be Jennifer Holmes

If you would like to catch up with LINX staff at these events please let us know via the following email

Last chance to register for a specialist BGP workshop with Dr Philip Smith

This November LINX holding two specialist BGP workshops. The first in London was fully subscribed as this newsletter was published but places are still available for a second workshop in Edinburgh.

Hosted by the respected Dr Philip Smith, these are technical workshops, made up of lecture and hands-on lab work to teach the IS-IS and BGP skills required for the configuration and operation of large scale networks that make up the Internet.

The second 3-day workshop is being held at the DoubleTree Hotel Edinburgh City Centre in Scotland from Monday 18th to Wednesday 20th November 2019.

Workshop topics include:

  • IS-IS design and best practices for Service Provider networks
  • BGP protocol, attributes and policy control
  • BGP scalability (including Route Reflectors and Communities)
  • BGP Best Practices, including Aggregation
  • BGP multihoming techniques (redundancy and load balancing)
  • BGP Communities as used by Network Operators
  • Peering Best Practices

Interested? To reserve your place please visit the event page.

BGP Workshop Event Page

What you may have missed

ICANN History Project: Vint Cerf, Leonard Kleinrock, and Steve Crocker meet to discuss the Internet@50

2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Internet!

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Internet, three of its pioneers, Vint Cerf, Leonard Kleinrock, and Steve Crocker visited the ICANN office in Los Angeles to share memories and experiences of the early days of the Internet.

What a privilege it is to be part of the community who, over time, have taken this concept of switching packets of data and evolved it. Internet exchanges such as LINX provide invaluable peering and interconnection services for networks all over the World. LINX has helped enable the faster adoption of video streaming, online music and running businesses in the cloud and more, by increasing the bandwidth and speeds between different networks.

For more information about ICANN Internet History Project, please visit the ICANN website.

ICANN History Project

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