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.
Nautilus Mediterranean eXchange point (NaMeX Rome) is a neutral, not for profit, Internet exchange and interconnection point, based in Rome, who counts among its members national and international Internet Service Providers and network operators. Set up in 1995, the Consortium has nowadays 70 connected ISP’s. NaMeX allows network operators to take advantage of mutual interconnection services ranging from IP traffic exchange to physical cross-connects.
TOP-IX (TOrino Piemonte Internet eXchange) is a non-profit consortium that counts 80+ members including SMEs, large ICT and TLC corporations, public institutions and local universities. Set up in 2002, its aim is to increase the development of Internet by managing an Internet Exchange – IX for the exchange of Internet traffic in North West Italy, promoting the practice of peering and supporting the achievement of network neutrality as a mean to advance Internet development.
The IXPConnect site in Palermo is located within the Sicily Hub of Telecom Italia Sparkle, in via Ugo La Malfa, 99.
The site is designed for the connection of the international operators who arrive in the Telecom Italia Sparkle cable landing stations of Catania, Mazara del Vallo, Palermo and Trapani. The local ISP’s will also find the Sicily Hub a convenient aggregation point.
The current configuration of the aggregation point at the Sicily Hub in Palermo is based on a Brocade switching platform which is connected via a protected transport service to the federated IXP’s, thus enabling the extension of the peering VLAN’s of NaMeX and TOP-IX into the Sicily Hub IXPConnect aggregation point in Palermo.
The operators who have a presence at the Telecom Italia Sparkle Sicily Hub in Palermo can thus peer with the AS’s that are present at the federated IXP’s, by a simple connection to the IXPConnect node also at the Sicily Hub in Palermo. Likewise, the members of the federated IXP’s will be able to request peering with any operator connected to the IXPConnect node in Palermo.
Information and activation requests for the IXPConnect site in Palermo can be requested via e-mail at the address firstname.lastname@example.org.