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London Internet Exchange (LINX) to Build an Internet Exchange at DuPont Fabros Technology’s Ashburn Corporate Campus
WASHINGTON, DC – October 30, 2013 – DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE: DFT), and LINX USA, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for LINX to build and operate a member-owned Internet Exchange in Ashburn, Virginia on DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc.’s (“DFT”) Ashburn Corporate Campus (“ACC”).
The LINX NoVA node will be built at DFT’s ACC5 data center and will become part of LINX NoVA, a member-owned internet exchange point for the Northern Virginia region. LINX is the world’s largest Internet exchange, reaching more of the global routing table than any other point on the globe and currently connects over 480 networks from nearly 60 countries with more than 1,100 ports. Internet Exchanges, such as LINX, allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Content Distribution Networks (CDNs), content providers, eye-ball networks and other organizations to connect directly to one another to exchange Internet traffic.
DFT’s Ashburn Corporate Campus has a robust multi-lateral underground conduit system that interconnects each of the company’s five data center facilities located on its ACC campus. This conduit system provides diverse fiber entry points into each DFT data center on the campus, and will include ACC7 which is currently under development. At present there are 26 network carriers on DFT’s Ashburn campus providing connectivity services to DFT customers.
The newly-formed Open Internet Exchange (Open-IX) Association is a member-governed non-profit organization working to drive the expansion of business-neutral Internet Exchanges, reduce interconnection complexity and cost, and improve access to networks within critical interconnection markets. LINX’s agreement supports DFT’s plan to host an Open-IX certified Internet Exchange in each of its four markets. The LINX node at DFT’s ACC5 data center is expected to be live before the end of 2013 and LINX will offer incentivized port pricing through the end of 2014.
“Ashburn has been high on our list of potential sites since the beginning of the LINX NoVA project. We are pleased to be partnering with DFT to build a LINX node in their Ashburn campus, which will contribute significantly to the number of networks able to join the LINX NoVA exchange,” said John Souter, CEO at LINX.
“We are very excited to be partnering with LINX NoVA to provide our customers and the Internet community a neutral Internet exchange ready for Open-IX certification in the fiber- and content-rich Ashburn region,” said Vinay Nagpal, Director of Carrier Relations at DFT. “The LINX NoVA node will enhance network density at our Ashburn campus. In addition to providing our customers with additional connectivity and peering options, we anticipate the exchange to attract additional content, network and cable providers to our campus to connect to LINX for cost-effective peering and improved network performance.”
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Well I did. TeliaSonera International Carrier’s (TSIC) recent launch and support for whatisIPX.com is a step forward for any beginner and professional alike. TSIC has brought together an expert panel that includes independent analysts and commentators – all focused to promote better understanding of IPX, including responding to your specific questions.
The site contains multiple interactive resources to aid visitors in what IPX is, what it is not, what it’s capable of, and what it means for the future of communications. There are contributions from a growing panel of experts that include equipment maker F5 networks and independent analyst Innovation Observatory.
The site’s slides take visitors, step by step, through the platform’s concept, components, capabilities and its implications for emerging IPX-based services. The IPX blog features insights from thought-leaders including Simon Dodsworth, VP Voice and Mobile, TSIC; Bernd Hoogkamp, Director of Product Management Voice and Mobile, TSIC; Simon Sherrington, Founder, Innovation Observatory; and Peter Nas, Solution Engineer, F5 Networks.
The panel of “IPXperts” provides answers to your specific questions, although many of my questions I found had already been answered.
I learned that there are currently 206 4G-LTE networks in 79 countries, a substantial uptick since the first 4G-LTE networks were launched in 2009. But today those 4G-LTE users largely ‘default’ back to 3G when roaming. IPX, first proposed the GSM Association, enables the industry to meet the rising demand and expectations of these new mobile customers who expect the same high-quality service they experience on their home network anywhere and everywhere they go.
TSIC, part of the TeliaSonera group of 17 mobile operators, is a leading provider of fiber-based network infrastructure and services. The company owns and operates one of the world’s most extensive fiber backbones which encompasses 200 Points of Presence (PoPs) throughout Europe, North America and Asia (including Russia).
“In August, the GSM Association counted 206 4G-LTE commercially launched networks in 79 countries. With many more in deployment, that’s a rapid take up since the first 4G-LTE networks were launched in Sweden and Norway in 2009.” says Simon Dodsworth, VP Voice & Mobile, TeliaSonera International Carrier.“The key to supporting 4G-users ‘home’ network experience when visiting another mobile network when travelling abroad, is IPX. Yet there is widespread confusion about what IPX actually is.”
Bernd Hoogkamp, Director, Product Management, Voice and Mobile, speaking at the conference said, “With IPX networks and services still being defined, industry analysts have highlighted a considerable lack of understanding around IPX. TeliaSonera International Carrier is home of the TeliaSonera IPX, part of the TeliaSonera group of 17 mobile operators, and talks to interested parties about IPX every day. We want to share and raise the level of understanding to move IPX forward, assembling high quality resources and offering the ability to ask questions to an ‘IPXpert’ panel of experts.
The new website is now accessible globally at www.whatisIPX.com.
Bernd Hoogkamp, Director of Product Management – Voice and Mobile at TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC), will speak at the COMPTEL PLUS FALL 2013 Convention & Expo, taking place September 23-26 at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Florida.
On September 25th at 11:00 AM, Mr. Hoogkamp will join fellow expert panelists from Global Capacity, Cbeyond and Neustar on the ‘TDM to IP: Preparing Your Business for the Transition’ panel, part if COMPTEL’s The Game Changer: Innovation Strategies for a Competitive Advantage series. The speakers will examine the evolution of the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) to IP technology, looking closely at signaling systems and databases as well as the operational and economic benefits of VoIP interconnection and transport.
Mr. Hoogkamp holds 14+ years of telecom expertise in the areas of roaming, IP and TDM technologies, interconnection and LTE. His perspective will showcase how today’s innovative service providers such as TSIC are leading the TDM to IP transition and meeting the growing demands of the mobile customer community through new technical innovations such as the TeliaSonera IPX platform.
TSIC launched TeliaSonera IPX in May of 2013. As of the largest IPX networks launched to date, TeliaSonera IPX delivers Voice, Roaming, Signaling, Messaging and Video services to customers across the globe over a single port. Purpose-built to meet the exploding bandwidth and mobility demands of today’s generation of end-users, TeliaSonera IPX exceeds GSMA and i3forum requirements and offers its operators a scalable and secure network complete with end-to-end SLAs while providing end customers with enhanced quality service and connectivity. The platform is carried on TSIC’s 100G-enabled network, which connects North America, Europe and Asia, and spans 200 Points of Presence worldwide. TeliaSonera IPX is just one of TSIC’s driving forces behind the ‘Anywhereization’ trend, providing ‘always on’ connectivity to meet the demand for content anywhere-not just somewhere.