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The UK today claimed top spot in the world Internet community with news that the London Internet Exchange (LINX) now transmits more data than any other independent Internet hub on the planet. The announcement boosts government aims to make the UK a world leader in e-commerce.

LINX - a not-for-profit organisation - is now passing a record 40 gigabits of data per second through the exchange at peak times.

However, LINX calculates that total peak volumes of the Internet traffic it handles are now hitting 55 gigabits per second. This means its eight high-capacity Internet routing suites located around London’s Docklands are handling more data than even the largest Internet exchanges in Japan and the USA offering services on a similar basis.

The 55 gigabits per second total traffic consists of the 40 gigabits being passed on the LINX exchange and a conservative estimate of 15 gigabits that is handled by ‘private peering’. The exchange permits any LINX member to swap traffic with any other; private peering connections are dedicated links owned and managed by LINX that pass data between just two organisations.

The 55,000,000,000 bits of data passing through LINX each second consist of website downloads, business information and e-mails being exchanged between the networks of LINX members. The LINX membership consists of 150 Internet service providers (ISPs) from around the world and leading content delivery service providers, such as the BBC.

LINX sales and marketing manager Vanessa Evans explained: “As a mutual organisation, owned by our members, we offer unique facilities where commercial competitors can deliver Internet data from one customer to another faster and more cost effectively than switching it through several different networks.

“Collectively, our members have access to around half of all the world’s Internet routes.”

LINX’s global Internet connections have expanded recently through the introduction of a ‘LINX from Anywhere’ service. This allows smaller, overseas ISPs to ‘piggy-back’ on the networks of existing members to obtain a dedicated virtual presence on the LINX exchange without the hardware and manpower costs of maintaining their own facilities in London.

Founded by five UK ISPs in 1994, LINX has been at the forefront of new technology to keep ahead of the phenomenal growth in Internet usage over the past decade. In particular, it was the first Internet exchange to introduce latest 10-gigabit Ethernet operating systems in 2002, giving a 10-fold increase in Internet transmission capacities.

Jessica Hendrie-Laiño, chair of the Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA) and a partner in law firm Beachcroft Wansbrough, congratulated LINX on achieving its 40-gigabit milestone. “LINX has been at the heart of UK Internet activity for almost a decade and its influence extends throughout the world,” she said.

“It has invested in new facilities and pioneered new technologies to meet constantly growing demands on the Internet infrastructure. This landmark achievement illustrates the important contribution that LINX makes to the efficient operation of the Internet both within the UK and overseas.”

· Visit to see latest information on volumes of data being channelled through the London Internet Exchange.


Notes to editors:

1. London Internet Exchange (LINX) is a mutual, not-for-profit organisation that is owned and financed by its membership of about 150 Internet service providers (ISPs) and content delivery service providers from the UK, mainland Europe, the USA, the Far East and Africa.

2. Membership of LINX permits commercial competitors to exchange Internet traffic between their networks across LINX switches, which are housed in eight colocation facilities based in the London Docklands area and linked by dedicated fibre optic cables.

3. Some colocation facilities, where major ISPs have hardware, may have a larger total traffic than LINX entering and leaving the building but the LINX traffic flow is the largest to be managed by a single organisation.

4. ISPA was established in 1995 as a trade association to represent providers of Internet services in the UK. For information about ISPA visit:


For more information contact:

Vanessa Evans
The London Internet Exchange
Telephone: +44 (0) 1733 207701

Michael Holland or Mike Lennox
Smye Holland Associates
Telephone: +44 (0) 1733 564906

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