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IXPs

Internet exchange points (IXPs) are a key part of the Internet ecosystem and represent a vital way to increase the affordability and quality of connectivity in local communities.

What Are IXPs?
An Internet Exchange Point (IXP) is simply a physical location where different IP networks meet to exchange local traffic with each other via a switch. They are integral part of the Internet ecosystem.

IXP Models
IXPs fall roughly into five categories: non-profit organization, an association of ISPs, operator-neutral for-profit company, univeristy or gov agency, or an informal association of networks

Physical Infrastructure
IXPs can be located in a number of different locations. Once determined, it is crucial to then identify appropriate power sources , cooling, security, and technical experts to run and manage the IXP.

Business Case
IXPs provide a competitive alternative to routing domestically destined traffic abroad. IXP viability can be calculated for interested ISPs by comparing the cost of IP transit to the cost of domestic peering.

Visit the IXP Collaboration Portal, which aims to provide information and resources to a variety of stakeholders, and to continuously improve this site to benefit the community.

IXP News

Stakeholder Workshop Held to Discuss Tajikistan IXP
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Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) 20 November 2018

Stakeholder Workshop Held to Discuss Tajikistan IXP

The Internet Society in conjunction with the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation – Tajikistan and the CAREN3 project organised an IXP...

IXPs: Why Is the Middle East Lagging Behind?
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Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) 19 October 2018

IXPs: Why Is the Middle East Lagging Behind?

On October 2nd, the Internet Society was happy to support the ITU in organizing the IXP Workshop on Peering...

Internet Society, Facebook announce Internet Exchange Points throughout Africa
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In the News 19 October 2018

Internet Society, Facebook announce Internet Exchange Points throughout Africa

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Africa: ISOC, Facebook Partner to Expand Internet Connectivity in Africa
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In the News 17 October 2018

Africa: ISOC, Facebook Partner to Expand Internet Connectivity in Africa

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GLIF 2018 Held at the Home of Hamlet
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Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) 17 October 2018

GLIF 2018 Held at the Home of Hamlet

The 18th Annual Global LambaGrid Workshop (GLIF 2018) was held on 18-21 September 2018 at the Kulturværftet in Helsingør...

Training the next generation of network engineers in Kyrgyzstan
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Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) 11 October 2018

Training the next generation of network engineers in Kyrgyzstan

The Internet Society in conjunction with Packet Clearing House (PCH), our Kyrgyzstan Chapter (ISOC-KG) and the CAREN Project organised...

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