The London Internet Exchange (LINX) - the grouping of ISPs which operates Europe's largest Internet exchange point - is setting up a technical forum to help drive forward development of the Internet in the UK.
LINX handles up to 96 per cent of the UK's Internet data flow and peak traffic is now in excess of 16 Gbit per second - equivalent to almost 1 million average e-mail messages per second. Traffic levels at the exchange have more than doubled in the past year and LINX is taking a leading role in adopting new technologies – such as 10 Gbit Ethernet – to ensure that its capacity grows fast enough to keep up with demand.
LINX chief executive John Souter said: "The engineering staff at LINX and our members are the people who make the Internet work in the UK and who keep it working. There is a need for a forum in which they can exchange technical information and review plans for the future development of our facilities in the light of what they know is happening within their own networks
"Because LINX is a mutually-owned organisation, in which all the members have an equal stake, we are able to provide a forum in which competitive rivalries can to some extent be put aside and companies can work together for the benefit of the Internet."
It is planned that the technical forum will meet once every six to eight weeks in LINX's London offices.
LINX is owned by more than 120 Internet service providers (ISPs) and content delivery service providers (CDSPs) which connect their networks at LINX to allow data to move efficiently around the world.
Note to editors:
-1 Gigabit is 1,000 million bits of data – or about 60,000 average e-mail messages.
For more information contact:
Michael Holland or Mike Lennox
Smye Holland Associates
Telephone: 01733 564906
The London Internet Exchange
Telephone: 01733 207701
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