The London Internet Exchange (LINX) has announced that from 1 July 2009, it is applying significant price cuts on its membership and 1GigE and 10GigE port fees. The London Internet Exchange (LINX) has announced that from 1 July 2009, it is applying significant price cuts on its membership and 1GigE and 10GigE port fees.
Each one of LINX’s 334 members will benefit from a 20% saving in membership costs plus a further 7.5% reduction for those with 1GigE and 10GigE ports. The new prices follow those introduced in September 2008 when 1GigE and 10GigE ports were reduced by up to 25% continuing a run of annual price cuts.
LINX membership has seen exceptional growth in recent months with 52 members joining in 2008 alone. This rapid development has continued into 2009 with a further 26 applications to join the exchange since the beginning of the year. Overall, LINX has more peers, more sites over a greater metro area and access to more Internet routes than any other Internet exchange point in the world.
LINX CEO, John Souter, said: "As a mutually-owned organisation, LINX has been cutting its prices for a number of years now. We are confident that we have achieved a ‘virtuous circle’, whereby lowering our prices leads to an increase in the number of members. This in turn leads to greater economies of scale and enables us to continue to cut our prices still further."
Mr Souter added: "The great news is that every member will see a reduction in their bills. This will take effect immediately without any change to our membership agreement. Ultimately, these mid-year reductions demonstrate our continued commitment towards acting in the best interests of our members now, and in the future."
Full details are publicly available on the new fee structure here: https://www.linx.net/govern/servicesfees
Notes to editors:
1. LINX (www.linx.net) is a mutual, not-for-profit organisation whose 330-plus members include 58 of the top 100 global network operators*, almost all UK Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and content providers plus many from the Americas, mainland Europe, the Far East and Africa.
* Total Telecom Global 100, 2008.
2. LINX was formed in 1994 when five ISPs recognised that there were considerable operational benefits to exchanging traffic between their networks in the UK. From the beginning every LINX member has had an equal vote in the management of the organisation.
3. The connection of networks at an Internet exchange point such as LINX is known as ‘peering’. Network operators use public peering across the dual LINX Ethernet networks to exchange traffic with any other member by mutual agreement. LINX also offers a managed private network interconnect facility which is used for large traffic flows between two members.
4. LINX has a presence at ten London sites connected by secure fibre and DWDM links. The core of the network currently operates across a 12x10G Ethernet link. The extent and geographic resilience of the network was enhanced in 2008 with the addition of three new points of presence, each outside the main Docklands data centre area in east London.
5. The Internet traffic at LINX consists of a wide variety of data including streaming media, website downloads, business information and emails. Peak LINX traffic is the equivalent of 1,300,000 simultaneous Internet video streams.
For more information on LINX:
The London Internet Exchange
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7645 3505