The London Internet Exchange (LINX) has announced that it has connected its 300th member, the first Internet exchange point in the world ever to connect so many networks together.
During 2008 LINX has added 50 new members representing a 19% increase in membership in just eleven months. This rise is indicative of the importance networks attach to peering despite the significant drop in transit pricing over the last decade.
The LINX membership has become highly international, with networks from more than 45 countries represented. This is up from just 16 countries in the year 2000 when there were fewer than 100 members at the exchange.
Over the last quarter LINX has been bolstered by the connection of a number of major content and DNS providers plus the first European peering presence of a leading social networking site.
John Souter, LINX Chief Executive Officer said: “In addition to the major UK and global ISPs, the LINX membership includes e-commerce and DNS specialists plus content delivery and research and education networks. This makes LINX a compelling place for international peering. Our latest members broaden this still further with VoIP, IPTV and gaming services becoming more popular. ”
LINX also boasts an impressive set of technical statistics, with over 600 member Ethernet ports connected, more than 140 of them at the fastest possible rate, 10GigE.
LINX was formed in 1994 when five ISPs – PIPEX, BT Internet Services, Demon Internet, EUnet GB and JANET – recognised that there were considerable operational benefits to exchanging traffic between their networks at the same tele-hotel where they all had facilities.
A complete list of members is available on the LINX website: https://www.linx.net
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