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Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)

Internet exchange points (IXPs) are vital to bringing faster and more affordable Internet to people.

IXPs are an access solution that wouldn’t be possible without people working together. From the very start, an IXP is the result of partnership, collaboration, and trust. They represent the very best of what can happen when people work in the same way the Internet does – interconnecting networks and people.

What Are IXPs?

An Internet Exchange Point (IXP) is a physical and usually neutral location where different IP networks meet to exchange local traffic via a switch.

Different Kinds of IXPs

IXPs fall roughly into five categories: 

  1. non-profit organizations,
  2. associations of ISPs,
  3. operator-neutral for-profit companies,
  4. university or government agencies, and
  5. informal associations of networks.
How IXPs Work 

For an IXP to work it needs: a switch, routers, servers, a neutral locations, appropriate power sources, cooling, security, and technical experts to run and manage the IXP.

What’s The Business Case

IXPs provide an alternative to the expense of sending domestic Internet traffic abroad, only to have to return that traffic via an expensive international link. Basically, IXPs help keep local trafific local and help with cheaper, better, faster local Internet traffic exchange. The cost and quality of service that IXPs make can help ISPs and content delivery networks see the benefit of supporting IXPs. 

Support IXPs

Great things happen when we work together!

No matter if you’re a local technical dynamo (or on your way to becoming one), an Internet Service Provider, a local gaming company, or someone passionate about access getting involved in the case for IXPs is critical.

 

Here are some ways you can help:
Lubumbashi IXP Workshop and LUBIX Launch

Lubumbashi IXP Launch, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Join Us in 2020

Our 2020 Action Plan has eight projects – all identified as key by our members. If you’re passionate about IXPs, then please join the project ‘Fostering infrastructure and technical communities’.  Find out how to join here.

Visit the IXP Collaboration Portal

The portal can help you learn more about how IXPs work, where they are located, and get access to training videos. Connect with other people looking to build and strengthen IXPs.

Come to a Peering Forum

Peering forums happen in many regions of the world.  They are open events where those who work in peering and interconnection can gather to develop solutions and learn from each other. Want to see one? Want to speak at one? Do you have a peering forum that we can help support? Join our project and let us know!

Develop and Support IXPs in Africa

The Internet Society and Facebook collaborate in promoting IXP infrastructure development, training and community engagement with the objective of increasing the number of IXPs and supporting the expansion of existing IXPs to meet the growing demand in Africa. Check out this partnership.

IXP News

New Internet Exchange Point in Democratic Republic of Congo to bring faster and more reliable Internet access to region
Press Releases 6 November 2019

New Internet Exchange Point in Democratic Republic of Congo to bring faster and more reliable Internet access to region

The Internet Society and ISPA of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) launched a new Internet Exchange Point (IXP)...

Securing the Internet: Introducing Oracle Internet Intelligence IXP Filter Check
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Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) 23 October 2019

Securing the Internet: Introducing Oracle Internet Intelligence IXP Filter Check

Oracle is an Organization Member of the Internet Society. We welcome this guest post announcing a new tool that...

AfPIF Day Three: A Record Number of Women
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Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) 22 August 2019

AfPIF Day Three: A Record Number of Women

It’s been a record-breaking year: 97 women attended AfPIF 2019, the highest ever, showing the fruits of diversity efforts...

AfPIF Day Two: International Traffic, the Economics of Peering, and a Look Ahead to 2030
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Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) 22 August 2019

AfPIF Day Two: International Traffic, the Economics of Peering, and a Look Ahead to 2030

In the last five years, Africa’s international traffic patterns have changed, with international and  intra regional traffic growing, according...

AfPIF-10 Kicks Off in Balaclava, Mauritius
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Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) 20 August 2019

AfPIF-10 Kicks Off in Balaclava, Mauritius

The tenth meeting of Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) kicked off in Balaclava, Mauritius, with participants celebrating the...

Mauritius to host 10th Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum
Press Releases 13 August 2019

Mauritius to host 10th Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum

Port Louis, Mauritius – 13 August 2019 – Mauritius will host the 10th anniversary edition of the Africa Peering...

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