LINX, the leading European provider of Internet interconnect services, announced at the LINX98 member conference on 21st August that it is to significantly reduce 10GE and 100GE port fees at its regional exchange, IXManchester. These are to come into effect from 1st October 2017.
Established in 2012, IXManchester is rapidly approaching 100 connected networks who pass a combined 35Gb/s of traffic at peak times. This makes IXManchester the biggest peering LAN in the UK outside of London and an attractive alternative to peering in the capital.
LINX CEO, John Souter, said: “Last year we implemented mid-year price cuts of up to 40% while simultaneously announcing plans of a major upgrade of our LON2 network in London. The introduction of new LON2 equipment allows us to re-deploy the original hardware into our Manchester sites as part of our long-term support for regional peering in the UK.”
IXManchester operates across three city locations; Equinix Williams House, Equinix Joule House plus the M24Seven data centre in Stretford.
Chris Byrd, Technical Director at M24Seven, said, “IXManchester is very well established now and M24Seven is proud to have been host to one of the exchange’s three city sites for the past three years. The decision to reduce prices is great news for the networking community in the region and will help further enhance Manchester’s status as a leading tech city”.
Last year, Manchester made it into the top 20 European Digital City Index for starting and scaling a digital tech business. In addition, £10million in government funding is being proposed for a future project to test IoT technology.
The London Internet Exchange (LINX) is a mutually owned membership association for operators of Internet Protocol networks. They provide a neutral interconnection facility and peering platform, known as an Internet Exchange Point (IXP), and represent the interests of their members on matters of public policy.
Their members consist of access networks, ISPs such as BT and content providers like Google, who exchange Internet traffic between each other over their secure peering LANs. Through LINX they are able to reach 80% of the total global Internet, making it one of the single biggest connection points in the world, with traffic peaks of over 3.5 tb/sec on their public peering platform alone.
LINX is one of the world’s largest Internet exchanges connecting over 800 member networks from 76 countries. LINX continues to expand their London presence with over 11 PoPs across the capital along with regional exchanges in Wales (IXCardiff), the North West of England (IXManchester) and the Scottish capital, Edinburgh (IXScotland). LINX also operates an Internet exchange in the Ashburn metro area in the US just outside Washington DC called LINX NoVA.