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Growing the Internet Infrastructure and Community Development

Partnering with Euro-IX on Infrastructure Development, Routing Security, and More

We can only be successful in creating an Internet for everyone if everyone is part of the effort. That’s why the Internet Society is thrilled to be entering into a partnership with the European Internet Exchange Association (Euro-IX).

The partnership was made official with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 14 July. This formal agreement builds on an existing collaboration between the two organizations, who have worked together since 2012. But, whether it’s helping to bring cheaper and faster Internet to the world through the data provided in the IXP Database or making the Internet more secure by supporting the Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS), our work has only just begun.

Kjetil Otter Olsen, the chair of Euro-IX said, “The Internet Society has been an excellent supporter of Internet exchange points (IXPs) for many years and has lent the support of its teams across the world to promoting the benefits of peering for Internet networks and the end users of those networks globally.

“Signing this MoU, on behalf of Euro-IX and the community of IXPs we represent, reflects our shared commitment with the Internet Society to continue this work into the future.

“This MoU extends our existing relationship to continue to promote key projects that will improve routing security via the MANRS program and automated and accurate data collection from IXPs via the IXP Database (IXPDB), as well as to share ideas, experiences and collaborate on new projects for the betterment of the Internet and IXPs.”

Sharing and collaboration are key to creating a robust and secure Internet, which is accessible to all.  

“One of the most amazing things about the Internet is the people behind it,” says Michuki Mwangi, Senior Director for Internet Technology and Development. “Our shared belief that it takes a community to build the Internet is why we will be able to reach our goal of bringing a fast, affordable and secure Internet to the world. I’m excited to see what this partnership will bring.”

We’re stronger together than we are apart. Let’s keep teaming up to create an Internet for everyone.

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IXPs: Keeping Local Infrastructure Resilient during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has proven how important a strong Internet infrastructure is.

Internet exchange points are a vital part of that. They are key to bringing better, faster, and more affordable Internet to people.

Recently, the Asia Pacific Internet Exchange Association (APIX) and the Internet Society did a comprehensive survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 on IXP operations in the region.

IXPs from Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, and Australia provided data. Here are some of the key findings.

What is an Internet Exchange Point?

If you want to see your neighbor, taking a route that sends you across town and back again is not the quickest or most efficient way to get there. And yet, in many parts of the world, that is what happens with Internet traffic. IXPs help create shorter, more direct routes for Internet traffic.

Read the Explainer

Changes in Internet Traffic

There was a significant increase in Internet exchange traffic, between 7- 40%. Traffic patterns during the pandemic show that there is either no difference left between peak and off-peak time or the peak time has increased from a few to more hours.

The increase is highest for various types of traffic including video conferencing, online gaming, Internet banking, online shopping, and video streaming platforms (Amazon, Netflix, YouTube).

Impact on IXP Operations

There was no downtime recorded for IX traffic operations, but due to lockdowns their physical technical support, maintenance, and work on upgrades did suffer. The technical teams continued the management and operations work from home. As lockdowns are opening their support work is gradually coming back to normal.

There were no changes in peering policies, but some of the emergency actions (policy/industry) included:

  • The national broadband network (wholesale L2 network provider) in Australia gave a 40% uplift on all traffic, for the same price.
  • YouTube degraded their video quality from HD to SD in Japan, which helped eyeball networks.

Sharing more, the IXPs said some of their members required urgent upgrades to 10 or 100 GE (Gigabit Ethernet) ports. While they described this time as a great period of cooperation among peering community, IXPs and operators should plan ahead and prepare.

Learn how IXPs in Asia-Pacific support the local Internet infrastructure during COVID-19. Watch the webinar with some of the leading IXPs in the region:


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Growing the Internet Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)

We Need Your Feedback: IXP Toolkit And Best Practices Guide

Imagine a world where everyone can access and develop a connected, borderless, permission-less, limitless Internet that creates opportunity and progress for all. 

At the Internet Society, this is our ambition and our inspiration behind the creation of an online guide to help bring the world online.

One way to help do that – it’s called the IXP Toolkit and its our hope that it will become a guide for people interested in either learning about, building, or investing in Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) in emerging markets and developing economies. 

But to do that we’ll need your help.

A working draft is set to launch next week and over the next two months we’re asking you to send us your feedback so we can improve the site and make it as useful as possible.

First let’s take a step back and begin at the beginning.

What Are IXPs?

Practically speaking, an IXP is physical connection point that helps keep local Internet traffic local. This reduces costs associated with traffic exchange between Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

IXPs are a solution.

Why? 

They keep local traffic local.  

IXPs improve local quality of service, reduce local costs, build local technical expertise, encourage local content hosting and local business creation, and help speed up connections.

They encourage local solutions that bring global impact. 

While it may seem complicated, it isn’t. There are many experts out there that have been working to help build technical capacity, build networks, and improve local, regional, and global Internet development. 

They know what it takes and how to do this in a technically efficient and sustainable way. 

They keep costs low.

Expensive equipment – “gold-plating” is not the way if we want solutions that can last. Many others have done this before and you can find the “how to” stories in our section on IXP case studies.

How Could You Use The New Guide and Tools?

If you’re a technical expert: This guide will help share your expertise, learn from others, and bring new ideas to your work.

If you work in the world of policy: The IXP Toolkit Guide will help you understand what an IXP is, how it can help your community, and how to work with governments and decision makers to encourage local solutions for global impact.

If you’re in the business community: This guide will help you understand how an IXP can help save money and improve local services.

If you’re a policy or decision maker maker you can also use it to help create an enabling environment in your country.

How Can I Get There?

You can get to the site by visiting www.ixptoolkit.org.  Please share it across your social channels.

Don’t forget that we’ll need your help to make it better! Send your feedback to feedback@ixptoolkit.org

OK, I’ve sent feedback. What’s next?

We’ll keep the option to send feedback on the first version for two months. By the end of April we’ll be launching the next version. We’ll then continue the feedback process and reach out to experts around the world to keep making improvements throughout 2014. 

The Internet Society is dedicated to outreach, training, and building relationships that build trust.

We want to do more of that, particularly in the IXP community.

We look forward to your feedback and helping develop your guide to IXPs.

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You can visit the site at www.ixptoolkit.org

 

Funding of ISOC’s IXP Toolkit Grant & Best Practices Project is provided by Google.