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Newcastle Meets London as LINX, NCL-IX and BSO form Strategic Partnership

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) and Newcastle Internet Exchange (NCL-IX) have announced a new partnership for the good of the internet and interconnection services in the UK.

The agreement will see LINX and NCL-IX, operated by Stellium Data Centres, provide networks at any of the locations access to the other via a trusted and redundant carrier.

BSO, a Diamond ConneXions reseller partner for LINX and similarly a key partner for NCL-IX, will facilitate the transport for networks wanting to access any of the UK’s key interconnection locations. This will include LINX’s London platform as well as their regional Internet exchanges, LINX Manchester and LINX Scotland.

NCL-IX was launched earlier this year as the UK’s newest carrier-neutral Internet exchange, connecting Newcastle to data from international subsea networks, UK and regional networks for content, Internet service providers and cloud.

Operated by Stellium, the UK’s largest purpose-built data centre campus, where colocation, subsea and terrestrial communications converge.  NCL-IX was launched to service the growing business and consumer demand for smart cities tools, cloud services enabling remote working, clear VOIP and recreational services such as video on demand, quad play, gaming and apps.

Jennifer Holmes, Chief Commercial Officer for LINX says:

“It’s an organic partnership here of Internet Exchange Points (IXP) as we both have similar missions, that are ‘for the good of the internet’ and with a common, strong carrier partner in BSO, it makes this partnership a great fit. We have been ambassadors of keeping traffic local for many years now with our own regional interconnection hubs across the UK, so we are happy to collaborate with NCL-IX to reinforce this message for the east coast.”

Photo shows Greig Scott and Rachel Allen from Stellium at the LINX114 event with LINX CCO Jennifer Holmes and Peering and IX Representative, Colin Peckham from BSO.

Stephen Wilcox, Chief Product Officer at BSO says:

“We are thrilled to join forces with LINX and NCL-IX. With the UK being such a major interconnectivity hub, this partnership represents more opportunities to form secure, reliable, and resilient interconnection bridges for businesses looking to seamlessly expand their network in the region.”

Gerry Murray, Chief Commercial Officer at Stellium Data Centers and NCL-IX says:

“Stellium established and funds the NCL-IX, as a neutral not for profit IXP to enhance the connectivity proposition for the North UK. This partnership complements the Stellium growth strategy of its location as a key component in UK critical national infrastructure and a key data interexchange hub. It is great to be working with the shared goals of LINX and BSO to enhance the concept of the NCL-IX and its scope for development…”

“…As with LINX and BSO, Stellium and NCL-IX regard working to develop solidarity across the UK IXP community and ecosystem as being key to the success of the UK Internet Industry.”

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