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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

The First Albanian Network Operators Forum
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Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) 4 December 2017

The First Albanian Network Operators Forum

On Tuesday, 14 November 2017, Albanian Internet Service Providers gathered in central Tirana for the first Albanian Network Operators...

PNG-IX Network Security Workshop
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Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) 22 October 2017

PNG-IX Network Security Workshop

The Internet Society (Aftab Siddiqui) and APNIC (Tashi Phuntsho) jointly conducted a Network Security Workshop in Port Moresby, Papua...

ENOG 14 in Minsk
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Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) 19 October 2017

ENOG 14 in Minsk

The 14th Eurasia Network Operator’s Group (ENOG 14) that was held on 9-10 October 2017 in Minsk, Belarus featured 234 participants...

IXP Workshop held in Karachi, Pakistan
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Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) 30 August 2017

IXP Workshop held in Karachi, Pakistan

The Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) organized an IXP workshop in collaboration with the Internet Society on 22-23 August 2017...

Abidjan Holds a Successful AfPIF 2017
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Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) 25 August 2017

Abidjan Holds a Successful AfPIF 2017

Abidjan became the third West African city to hold the annual Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF), attracting top...

AfPIF Day Two: Identifying Challenges and Opportunities
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Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) 24 August 2017

AfPIF Day Two: Identifying Challenges and Opportunities

AfPIF Day Two Summary  The second day at the Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) is dedicated to plenary...

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