Paris – 9 November 2016
The London Internet Exchange (LINX) and the Paris and Marseille Internet exchange France-IX have revealed that they are to collaborate to enhance the value of peering in Europe and beyond. The collaboration will cover areas such as operations and software development as well as commercial activities and promotion.
SHARED VISION OF BUILDING AN OPEN COMMUNITY OF NETWORKS
Both internet exchange points (IXPs) are membership-based organisations with a shared vision: build an open community of network operators interconnecting to maintain and grow an “internet for everyone”.
With this in mind and driven by their members’ goals to provide better interconnection services, LINX and France-IX intend to share technical and commercial knowledge and expertise as well as driving the concept of regional peering and keeping traffic local.
INCREASED VALUE FOR THE MEMBERS
First and foremost, the technical teams of the exchanges will work together and explore ways of providing a better service by producing and releasing new tools and processes. Development and customer service departments of both IXPs will also collaborate on other mutually beneficial projects.
Additionally, the management and business development teams of both IXPs will work together on the new services to be deployed to meet their memberships’ expectations.
Franck Simon, president at France-IX said, "One of our aims is also to work on helping both English speaking and French speaking African countries to develop IXPs, and be able to provide African networks with the ability to reach either London or Marseille".
UNPRECEDENTED PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN IXPs IN EUROPE
Long-standing LINX has built a community of 750 interconnected networks over the past 20 years of operations. With only 6 years of operations, France-IX has been a successful newcomer in Europe, attracting a community of 300+ networks in Paris and 30 in Marseille.
While remaining two commercially independent organisations, this agreement by the exchanges reinforces their commitment to the co-operative association model that defines the founding ethos for European IXPs.
John Souter, CEO at LINX commented, "Network operators and Internet exchanges understand how important it is to work together for a greater good. By collaborating with France-IX we can help maintain and grow an effective Internet for everyone."
Franck Simon added, “Since we launched in June 2010, we have developed partnerships with other IXPs resulting in interconnections with 5 partner IXPs in Europe and 4 IXP trainings and support in Africa. However this partnership with LINX represents a first at this level of cooperation among all sorts of areas of the operations.”