LINX Newsletter (October 2020)

LINX110 Member Meeting to be One Day Virtual Event on Tuesday 3rd November

The LINX110 member meeting will take place as a virtual event on Tuesday 3rd November with registration to open in the next few days. We had hoped that this was going to be an in-person event but due to the current COVID-19 situation this is still not possible. The good news is that following our successful online meetings for LINX109 in May and LINX LIVE! in September we are confident we have a format full of useful and interesting content.

In addition to LINX’s operational updates we will have two technical presentations, the first from Julian McGougan entitled Is 5G ready for enterprise & is enterprise ready for 5G? followed by Susan Forney who will speak about Hurricane Electric’s RPKI deployment.

For LINX 110 we are introducing some new features to enable attendees to interact more easily with specific meeting opportunities and a mid-meeting break. We also have something exciting planned for our virtual social which will be revealed very soon. Updates will appear on our social media channels and on the LINX110 event page.

LINX110 Event Page

Global Internet Exchange Leaders Release Next Phase of Universal API

A year ago, the world’s three leading IXPs, LINX, AMS-IX (Amsterdam) and DE-CIX (Frankfurt), launched a new universal application-programming interface, the IX-API

The IX-API improves productivity and provisioning of services for the IXPs’ immediate customers, members, and the wider networking community to self-manage their existing and new interconnection services, such as peering, more effectively. During the virtual European Peering Forum (EPF) event in September, the release of version 2 was presented. The IX-API version 2 contains a number of new features including cloud connectivity capabilities, private VLANs and closed user groups.

The IX-API version 2 specification and documentation is available now in the sandbox on the IX-API website. Read the full press release below for more details.

IX-API version 2 Press Release

Industry News Briefing

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EU identifies shortcomings in Code of Practice on Disinformation

The European Commission has published a review of its self-regulatory Code of Practice on Disinformation. The Code, which was agreed in 2018, is aimed at combating the spread of disinformation online and its signatories include Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, TikTok and Twitter as well as a number of advertisers.

The Commission believes that while the Code has “prompted concrete actions and policy changes by relevant stakeholders aimed at countering disinformation”, it has fallen short in four main areas. These are: the inconsistent and incomplete application of the Code across platforms and Member States, a lack of uniform definitions, the existence of several gaps in the coverage of the Code commitments, and the limitations intrinsic to the self-regulatory nature of the Code.

The Commission states that the review’s findings will support its “reflections on pertinent policy initiatives, including the European Democracy Action, as well as the Digital Services Act, which will aim to fix overarching rules applicable to all information society services.”

Further Information

Events – Meet with LINX (Virtually)

LINX presents…  The Distinguished Industry Speakers Series

The LINX Presents speaker series has been a great success so far and new presenters continue to be lined up for the coming months. We have a many more exciting names and topics confirmed for the remainder of October with more to follow in November and December.

Next up will be Amreesh Phokeer, Research and Innovation Manager at AFRINIC-The Internet Numbers Registry for Africa , will be making a presentation entitled “Building a resilient Internet in Africa” as part of our Distinguished Industry Speaker series on the 15th October.

To register to watch the webinar please follow the link below:

Amreesh Phokeer – Building a Resilient Internet in Africa
Thursday 15th October, 10:00am BST

The Internet Model: Fit for the Future or Creaking at the Seams?
With Geoff Huston, Jari Arkko, Kimberly (KC) Claffy and Andrew Sullivan
Thursday 22nd October, 14:00pm BST

Emily Taylor – Internet Governance and Cyber Security
Thursday 19th November, 10:00am GMT

Philip Smith – Building a Network Remotely in the Pacific during a Pandemic
Tuesday 24th November, 10:00am GMT

Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder – Current Cyber Security Threats and What to do
Tuesday 1st December, 10:00am GMT

Registration for all these events are open now either via the links above or through our events section on the LINX website.

LINX Events & Registration

Women Tech Connect

LINX and our ConneXions reseller partner Workonline Communications invite you to the Women Tech Connect lunch on October 20th at 3:50pm SAST (2:50pm BST).

The Women Tech Connect initiative was successfully launched in 2018 during African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) as a valuable networking, interaction and discussion arena to promote positive change for women working in the ICT workplace.

There are two topics to be discussed, Working from Home or Living at Work? and Lipstick and Leadership. Visit the event page to find out more and to register what looks set to be a fascinating series of discussions.

Further Info & Registration

LINX Presents… Distinguished Industry Speaker Playback

If you were unable to attend LINX’s recent Distinguished Industry Speaker webinars, Rebuilding Whois from the Ground Up! by Steve Crocker, and Technology Adoption in the Internet by Geoff Huston, they are now available to watch again. Why not take a look!

If you have missed any of LINX’s live events or training sessions we make them available to watch again in our Learn with LINX section and LINX YouTube Channel.

Video Tutorials & Webinars

LINX Round Up

New Traffic Peaks at LINX NoVA Following Fibre Network Upgrade

LINX NoVA are celebrating a new traffic peak at their US regional exchange  following engineering upgrades. Mid-September saw the LINX engineering team working together with the data centre remote hands teams to upgrade the fibre to 160G capacity for now, to satisfy the influx in Internet traffic these past six months.

“We’ve known we were getting close to capacity here NoVA, so I’m so pleased that our team have managed to turn this around so quickly. I remember four years ago when I started with LINX, we were just about touching 15Gbps. To now see the traffic peak getting close to 80Gbps is so satisfying for me and I can’t wait to see it climb higher over the next few months.” – Kendra Pignotti, LINX US Peering Advisor

LINX have seen a number of members, including a large Content Delivery Network, upgrade their ports, some up to 200G. View the latest statistics for LINX NoVA and the other LINX Internet exchanges here.

Full Press Release

LINX Membership Survey 2020

This is your last chance to complete the 2020 LINX membership survey! By completing the survey you have a chance to win one of three webcam and microphone bundles. Three lucky participants will win a Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam with a Shure MV5-LTG External USB Microphone!

If you would like to be included in this competition please enter your email address at the end of the survey via the link below. We will draw the three lucky winners once the survey has closed on Friday 16th October. Best of luck!

UPDATE (19/10/20): Survey now closed

2020 LINX Membership Survey

Member & Partner News

CMC Networks Become an Official ConneXions Reseller Partner at LINX

Global telecommunications carrier, CMC Networks, the latest addition to the LINX ConneXions Reseller Programme, invest in a 10G port at LINX in London.

CMC Networks, the largest Pan African carrier network servicing Africa and the Middle East, joined LINX ten years ago. The ability to offer a remote peering product has been high on CMC Networks’ agenda in 2020, largely due to the continued increase in capacity demands and traffic over the past few months. This has been a contributing factor in driving forward the decision to become an official LINX ConneXions Reseller Partner.

CMC are now in the position to bring networks anywhere in their global network, predominantly Africa and the Middle East, to LINX in London allowing peering with other key networks.

Further Information

September was another good month for new applications with networks looking to join us from Brazil, Norway, as well as from the UK.

Some of the reasons given for joining were to reduce transit costs, increase network routing control and the unique peers that we have here at LINX.

Thanks to Angola Cables and Epsilon for helping these new networks reach LINX via our  ConneXions Reseller partner programme.

What you may have missed

LINX’s Jennifer Holmes part of Capacity Media’s Women to Watch list 2020

Congratulations to LINX CCO Jennifer Holmes, who has been nominated for Capacity Media’s Women to Watch Class of 2020! Jennifer Holmes has been with the LINX since 2007, progressing from Business Development Executive through to Head of Sales. In the past 12 months, Jennifer has been promoted to Chief Commercial Officer and is now part of the LINX Senior Management Team.

“Jen is an inspiration to her peers. She’s extremely talented, knowledgeable and well rounded. I admire how supportive and empathetic she can be, whilst still being very directive to her team.”

Take a look at the August/September issue Capacity magazine edition here. The Women to Watch feature is on page 41.

Jennifer Holmes
Capacity Magazine (August/September)

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