Why are internet exchanges so important?
The first internet exchanges in the UK were established in London in the mid 1990’s by a small number of ISPs. At that time internet traffic was routed across the Atlantic to US internet exchanges which incurred significant costs and time delays. The goal of the early internet exchanges was to keep traffic local in the UK
Today Edge IX is seeking to keep select internet traffic local to the regions of the UK. The establishment of internet exchanges play a vital role in regional economic development. The availability of these resources at a local level support digital businesses, regional tech hubs and bring significant economic growth to the regions across the UK. These will in turn bring new opportunities to the benefit of local communities. Internet exchanges help create tech communities to develop eco-systems of connectivity providers, content services and application developers.
Growth in internet traffic driving the demand for regional internet exchanges.
The ITU estimates that internet traffic grew from 719 Tbit/s in 2019 to 932 Tbit/s in 2020, a 30% increase. Closer to home, Statista estimates that in the UK there are 62.86 million monthly users of the internet rising to over 65 million users by 2026. To help manage this growth the port sizes available at centralised internet exchanges has increased from 10Mb to 400Gb with 800Gb ports will soon become available.
However, this growth of port sizes masks the underlying problem with this centralised model – there is too much data going through a limited number of exchanges. The growth of FTTP and 4K/8K entertainment services in the UK is also increasing this pressure.
Furthermore the introduction of local fibre and 5G/6G services delivering edge computing applications are providing significant productivity gains in sectors such as AR & VR, AI, manufacturing, IoT, healthcare and cloud gaming. These applications need to be deployed close to the user to lower latency and reduce IP backhaul traffic.
These next generation services require a more distributed internet exchange model – a hybrid model whereby some internet traffic is kept local at regional internet exchanges and other data routed through the traditional centralised model.
Edge IX is establishing regional internet exchanges at the Proximity edge data centres across the UK.The first will go live in March 2023 followed by an ongoing roll out during this year and 2024. We welcome enquiries from all sectors including hybrid cloud, IoT, AR & VR, content providers and many more.
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