Public Peering VLANs

Namex provides a high-end, redundant, distributed switching platform that enables members to connect their border routers and establish IPv4 and IPv6 peering relationships by means of BGPv4 protocol. By establishing peering relationships, Namex members can save on transit costs and optimize their access to all other members’ networks. Public peering is a central service of any NAP and a primary method of exchanging IP traffic, used by both large and small networks to aggregate groups of peers onto an efficient and cost-effective service and assures mutual visibility to all participants on a single public VLAN. ISPs in Central and Southern Italy can more efficiently peer with the OTTs minimizing the distance between their end customers and the content networks. OTTs can optimize their coverage of the Central and Southern Italian territory maximizing the throughput for their content. The unique central position is an ideal location to add resilience for nationwide networks.

What you can get

The switching platform supports a  public peering VLAN, associated with an IPv4 subnet and an IPv6 subnet. We operate a RS service on two redundant platforms (OpenBGPd and Bird) to facilitate setting up BGPv4 sessions and receive origin validated network prefixes.

We support 1 Gbps, 10 Gbps, 100 Gbps  and 200 Gbps physical ports.

Members can add redundancy to their public peering connection by either:

  • connecting multiple physical interfaces, acting as a single logical bundle (static LAG or LACP) associated with a single IPv4/IPv6 address pair
  • enabling up to two logical connections, each one associated with a unique IPv4/IPv6 address pair; each logical connection can be a physical connection or a logical bundle of multiple physical connections.

Technical features

Supported interfaces and cabling

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Port-security and allowed traffic

In order to protect the mutual peering infrastructure and to guarantee efficient use of its resources a security policy is applied to any member port by means of ACLs. A single, unique customer MAC address is allowed behind any logical port and traffic is allowed for the following Ethertypes:

  • ARP (0x0806)
  • IPv4 (0x0800)
  • IPv6 (0x86dd)
Route servers

Two independent Route Server platforms are available on the peering VLAN, running OpenBGPd and BIRD respectively.
Both platforms provide automatic input prefix filtering and export policy specification:

  • Dynamic bogons and martians filtering
  • IRRDB data driven input filtering
  • RPKI/ROA validation
  • Basic export policy definition through BGP communities (standard and large)
  • Basic blackholing features
Additional services

Several additional services are available on the peering VLAN:

  • AS112 system
  • RPKI validator cache
  • F Root Name Server anycast replica
  • J Root Name Server anycast replica
  • .it TLD replica (CNR)
  • .com and .net TLD replicas (Verisign RIRS)


  • Geographic position, ideally located to enhance the resilience of nationwide networks and optimize throughput between ISPs and OTTs
  • Unique ASs, access to unique ASs from Central and Southern Italy


Prices available on the dedicated page.