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London Internet Exchange (LINX) – the world's largest volume Internet exchange – today congratulated its Amsterdam-based equivalent AMS-IX on passing the significant milestone of 40 gigabits per second in peak volumes of data being exchanged at its facilities.

LINX provides switching infrastructure for leading Internet service providers (ISPs) at eight Docklands-based colocation tele-hotels. Traffic at LINX now exceeds 60 gigabits per second at peak times, when measured on a like-for-like basis with other European exchanges. This includes traffic over exchange-managed private interconnect facilities.

LINX traffic passed the 40-gigabit total traffic level in November 2003. Traffic over LINX public exchange excluding private interconnection reached 40 gigabits in September 2004.

LINX chief executive John Souter said: “Both LINX and AMS-IX fulfil important roles in ensuring that Internet traffic is transmitted successfully, cost-effectively and efficiently. As one of the world's first Internet exchanges we at LINX have taken a natural interest in the progress of AMS-IX and other exchanges as they have grown in size.”

The 160-plus members of LINX, a mutual, not-for-profit organisation founded in 1994, include most of the UK's largest ISPs and content delivery service providers (CDSPs), together with others from mainland Europe, the USA, the Far East and Africa.

AMS-IX was incorporated as an association in December 1997. It announced a new record of 25 gigabits per second in February 2004 – double the level of just eight months earlier. Both LINX and AMS-IX are charter members of Amsterdam-based Euro-IX, an association of European Internet exchange points (IXPs) that was formed in 2001.

John Souter added: “As a founding member of Euro-IX we are delighted to see other European exchanges join LINX in leading the world for Internet interconnection.”


Notes to editors:

1. London Internet Exchange (LINX) is a mutual, not-for-profit organisation that is owned and financed by its membership of 160-plus 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. Peak traffic flows of 60 gigabits per second across the LINX infrastructure include 19 gigabits through private peering interconnections between members that exchange large volumes of data. See: Until recently, only traffic across the public exchange was measured. The traffic figures now include traffic flowing over LINX managed private interconnect facilities.

4. LINX has a distinguish list of ‘firsts’ in the Internet industry. It pioneered the use of one gigabit switching protocols in the 1990s and was the world's first Internet exchange to adopt 10-gigabit Ethernet protocols in early 2002 – in both cases following approval of the technology by the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers as a method of transmitting higher volumes of Internet data. It also co-founded the UK’s first Hotline for reporting and removing child pornography from the Internet.


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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