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LINX Newsletter (October 2021)


LINX 2022 Pricing Model and Strategy Explained

As part of the 2022 budget process, the LINX board and staff have carried out a thorough review of LINX pricing models and strategy.

LINX’s aim has been to create a more smooth and affordable capacity upgrade path for members across the various usage levels and services we offer. Therefore from January 1st 2022, LINX will be introducing fractional 1Gbps, 2Gbps and 5Gbps peering services over 10GE physical ports, as well as fractional 30Gbps peering services over 100GE physical ports.

From the new year LINX will charge a “port access fee” based on the physical port provisioned, and for peering services an additional “peering service” fee based on the bandwidth of peering services provisioned on the physical port. If additional services such as LINX Private VLAN or cloud access are provisioned on the same port, these will be charged in addition, according to that service’s fee.

LINX CEO, Kurtis Lindqvist, provides an overview of the reasons behind the new model in the following video.


This announcement is intended to give members insight into the changes planned for as part of the 2022 budget, and so that they can provide any feedback in advance. The final details of the 2022 budget and pricing cuts will be shared with the membership on October 19th.

Once the new pricing has been shared we will hold two membership Zoom Q&A session on November 4th to answer any questions on the pricing and new services and how this might affect members.

Members can read the announcement email from Kurtis in full on LINX Membership list.

LINX Network News

ManxIX Appoint LINX as Technical Partner

LINX have announced it has been selected as the technical partner for the new Internet Exchange Point (IXP) on the Isle of Man, ManxIX.

ManxIX, the first and only Internet exchange on the Isle of Man was launched last year. The IXP is based in the BlueWave Carrier Neutral data centre site in Douglas, and currently provides colocation and connectivity solutions for several local and national networks.

The ambition for having an IXP on the island was to not only make traffic routing more efficient by keeping local traffic moving quickly and efficiently between residents on the Island, but also to provide better quality access to media content.

The new partnership with LINX has been established to provide a high grade, future proof technical set up, using the tried and tested LINX set up of a disaggregated network solution.

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Industry News Briefing


LINX114: In-Person LINX Meetings Are Back!

The LINX114 member conference and EGM will take place at the Park Plaza Victoria, in London on Wednesday 10th – Thursday 11th November 2021. It will be our first in-person member meeting since February 2020 – we hope to see you there!

Registration will open in the first week of October.

LINX114 Event Page

LINX114 Agenda

Our first agenda back is packed with LINX operational and governance talks, regulatory news, and technical presentations plus a panel on content access. There will also talks from ours sponsors Nokia, Juniper Networks, and Ekinops. Some details are still being finalised but can confirm the following:

  • LINX EGM inc. approval of 2022 Budget (Pieter Knook, LINX Chair)
  • LINX Technology Update inc. projects, investments and 400GE readiness (Richard Petrie and Mariano Julia)
  • LINX Pricing Strategy and 2022 LINX Budget (Kurtis Lindqvist, Malcolm Holt)
  • Sustainable Digital Infrastructure (Lex Coors, Interxion)
  • LINX Elections Committee Update
  • Physical Infrastructure: Challenges in Build for AltNets (Tom Rigg, B4RN)
  • LINX Product Update inc. LINX Portal and LINX Marketplace (Mike Hellers)
  • Scottish Interconnection Market (James King, Host in Scotland)
  • Sports / Media / Streaming post-COVID (Richard Cooper, BBC)
  • The decade of full fibre broadband and what Zen is doing about it (with a little bit of AI thrown in for good measure) (Richard Tang, Zen Internet)
  • Automating Peering@Facebook (Ben Ryhall & Jenny Ramseyer, Facebook)
  • Content Access Panel Session (Richard Tang, Zen Internet, Phil Magill, Talk Talk, plus others TBC)
  • Equinix Update inc. MA5 in Manchester (Martin Atkinson, Equinix)
  • Public Affairs Update (Malcolm Hutty)


LINX114 Event Page

LINX Virtual Events… The Playbacks!

New BGP Basics and Introduction to Peering Training Sessions Available

LINX has a long relationship with our partner, Systems & Network Training (SNT). In recent weeks we have been delighted to work together again on two new sessions, both presented by SNT’s Rob Minshall.

The Introduction to BGP training covers the basic concepts of BGP, configuration and use.

The second session is an introduction to Peering between autonomous systems.

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

LINX Partner News

New LINX and TELEHOUSE NYIIX US Interconnection Service Goes Live

LINX and TELEHOUSE NYIIX have announced that their new joint U.S. interconnection service is now available. The strategic partnership forged between both exchanges, announced in June 2021, interconnects the entities’ mutual ecosystems, offering members of each IXP with expanded peering opportunities. The partnership also provides member networks with a redundant and resilient route from New York to Northern Virginia.

Reach out the LINX team to find out more about the NYIIX to / from LINX NoVA routes.

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Tours Available at Vantage Data Centers, Cardiff

At the heart of the UK digital economy and the M4 tech corridor is one of Europe’s best kept data centre secrets and the home of LINX Wales. Vantage Data Centers is Europe’s largest data centre campus with 270MVA of available power and a range of regional, national and international telecoms providers.

Vantage’s CWL11 data centre supports the IT operations of clients of all sizes including financial services, government, IT service providers, telecoms and ISPs, cloud operators, utilities and retail companies. From single cabinets to hyperscale deployments, low power density to HPC, Vantage Cardiff can support clients with a wide variety of requirements.

Following a period of lockdown, the data centre is now open again for tours and meetings. If you would like to learn more about connecting to LINX Wales and how Vantage can support your IT operations or you would like to book a data centre tour then please contact David Sandars or Hannah Curwen

Public Affairs

Public Affairs Activities Explained

In recent weeks we have been sharing a number of short explainer videos on the responsibilities of the LINX Public Affairs teams. These covered the different geographies and how LINX can represent the members in those areas, the LINX Public Affairs Mission, and How LINX Can Help Members.

For more information on LINX Public Affairs please follow the link below.

LINX Public Affairs

What You May Have Missed

LINX 2021 Membership Survey is now OPEN!

We would be grateful to members who complete the 2021 LINX membership survey. For those completing the survey we will draw a lucky winner of a SONY PlayStation 5 Disc Console once the survey has closed on Friday 29th October.

2021 LINX Member Survey

Once collated, the anonymous results of this survey will be analysed and presented at the LINX114 member meeting on the 10th and 11th November 2021.

LINXcast, the LINX Podcast

Series 2 Episode 8: This episode of LINXcast focuses on the topic of cloud computing and its role in the FinTech and Enterprise sectors. Our guest is LINX Senior Peering Advisor, Halil Kama. The discussion covered how the cloud market is developing, issues such as resilience and security, and how peering with an Internet exchange like LINX can help businesses keep control of their data.

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