IXPConnect is a new service managed by NAMEX together with other federated IXPs that has the dual target of putting the IP networks of the emerging markets in touch with the heart of the Italian Internet, and of offering new development opportunities for the network, in the areas that suffer a major digital divide, with the aim of improving the overall national and international connectivity of our country.
IXPConnect service is based on the creation of regional aggregation points, or hubs, which are connected to the main peering hubs of the participating IXPs. Connecting to an IXPConnect hub allows a local operator both to exchange traffic locally and to establish peering sessions with the networks that are present in the participating IXPs.
The first aggregation point has been opened in Palermo, within the Sicily Hub, the new datacenter of Telecom Italia Sparkle, that connects in a single location all the backhauls to the subsea cables that land in Sicily and allow to reach Europe from the Mediterranean countries, Middle East and Asia, with active cooperation from Brocade who has supplied the equipment.
Large operators who arrive in Sicily using the subsea cable systems will find a readily available interconnection infrastructure that can transport them directly into the heart of important Italian hubs such as Rome and Turin, thus contributing to enhance the importance of Italy as a privileged point for transit to and from Europe.
After Palermo, IXPConnect plans to open other aggregation point in Italy and add new IXPs, to promote the development of Internet traffic in areas with less connection infrastructure: Campania, Emilia Romagna, Liguria, Molise, Puglia, Valle d’Aosta and Veneto will be the next regions that will host an IXPConnect aggregation and access point.