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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

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...

Facebook partners with Internet Society to accelerate African connectivity
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In the News 26 September 2018

Facebook partners with Internet Society to accelerate African connectivity

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Internet Society Partners with Facebook to Expand Internet Connectivity in Africa
Press Releases 25 September 2018

Internet Society Partners with Facebook to Expand Internet Connectivity in Africa

Washington, DC – 25 September, 2018 –  The Internet Society, a global non-profit organization dedicated to the open development,...

SEE 7: Connectivity, Routing Security & IoT
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Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) 17 June 2018

SEE 7: Connectivity, Routing Security & IoT

The 7th RIPE South-East Europe (SEE 7) meeting is being held on 18-19 June 2018 in Timisoara, Romania, and is...

RIPE 76 dans le Midi
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Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) 11 May 2018

RIPE 76 dans le Midi

The RIPE 76 meeting starts next week in Marseille, which surprisingly is only the second RIPE meeting to have ever...

What is BGP Hijacking, Anyway?
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Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) 7 May 2018

What is BGP Hijacking, Anyway?

Two weeks ago, we learned about yet another routing security incident, namely the hijack of BGP routes to the...

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