Romtelecom’s internet exchange platform moves to IPv6

Romtelecom’s internet exchange platform moves to IPv6

Balkans-based operator Romtelecom has enabled its internet exchange platform, Balcan-IX, to become the first service in Romania to offer interconnection services over IPv6.

As IPv6 develops and more operators consider switching to the protocol, Romtelecom believes its latest development will provide neutral interconnection through public peering services or virtual private interconnections.

The Balcan-IX platform presently serves 10 PoPs, including Bucharest, Constanta, Galati, Bacau, Iasi, Timisoara, Oradea and Cluj Napoca, and any carriers operating in those regions can benefit from IPv6 interconnection. It was first launched in April 2009 and the company believes it is the first peering service with nationwide coverage in the country, with monthly traffic exceeding 20Gbps.

Commencing the trial to switch to IPv6 in June, Romtelecom conducted network tests to prove the capability to provide IPv6 transit services to wholesale customers. The company believes, with the eventual complete switch-over to the IPv6 protocol from IPv4, it will support and aid the growth of the internet as an open innovation platform.

Providing a range of wholesales services and low-cost collation services through its carrier neutral data centre facilities, the Balcan-IX platform is expected to extend its reach across the region throughout the year.

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