The new exchange is the latest stage in LINX’s mission to distribute and decentralise peering within the UK, empowering ISPs, content providers and other network operators to “keep local traffic local”, resulting in reduced latency, greater resilience and faster connectivity for local networks and Internet users.
Hosted in a carrier-neutral facility managed by LINX within the BT Stadium House data centre, IXCardiff launches on 15th October following an extensive period of consultation to establish a local community of interest among network operators, and with the support of the Cardiff City Council and the Welsh Government.
Welsh Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Julie James, welcomed the launch.
“The Welsh Government is committed to establishing a world class digital Infrastructure for Wales. The creation of an Internet Exchange in the heart of Cardiff will have wide ranging benefits to the business community in Cardiff and across south Wales. Alongside a number of major investments in telecommunications infrastructure, this will help to make Wales a more connected nation. It will provide a real boost to local enterprises which would otherwise have had to carry a significant cost burden to access this opportunity.”
John Souter, CEO of LINX said:
“We believe that the time is right for a fresh approach to peering in the UK. Local support is key for the success of any regional Internet exchange, and the South Wales Internet community has demonstrated an overwhelming enthusiasm for a new exchange point in the region, and for the benefits regional peering can bring to their businesses, the local economy and the people of Wales.”