LINX cuts port fees by 40% at IXManchester

31 August 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe


The London Internet Exchange (LINX) is set to significantly reduce 10GE and 100GE port fees at its IXManchester regional exchange.

The changes, which were announced at the European provider of internet interconnect services’ LINX98 member conference on 21 August, are to come into effect from 1st October 2017.John Souter

"Last year we implemented mid-year price cuts of up to 40% while simultaneously announcing plans of a major upgrade of our LON2 network in London,” said John Souter, CEO of LINX. LINX reduced the cost of peering in London for the second time in seven months, cutting 40% off its LON2 port fees and 10% on its LON1 network, effective August 1, 2016.

Souter added: “The introduction of new LON2 equipment allows us to re-deploy the original hardware into our Manchester sites as part of our long-term support for regional peering in the UK."

Monthly 10GE port prices will be cut by 22.8% to £270 with 100GE fees reduced by over a third to £1350 (39.3%). In addition, the first 1GE port at IXManchester is available at no charge and comes as part of LINX membership.

IXManchester, which was established in 2012, operates across three city locations: Equinix Williams House, Equinix Joule House, and the M24Seven data centre in Stretford. It is rapidly approaching 100 connected networks who pass a combined 35Gbps of traffic at peak times. This makes IXManchester the biggest peering LAN in the UK outside of London and an attractive alternative to peering in the capital.

Chris Byrd, technical director at M24Seven, added: "IXManchester is very well established now and M24Seven is proud to have been host to one of the exchange's three city sites for the past three years. The decision to reduce prices is great news for the networking community in the region and will help further enhance Manchester’s status as a leading tech city".