The Argentine Internet Chamber launches South American IXP network
20 March 2018 | Natalie Bannerman
The Argentine Internet Chamber - Cabase is proposing the development of an Internet Exchange Point (IXP) network by interconnecting its current IXP’s in Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru and Bolivia.
The project led by the Argentinian telecoms association is based on the previous project by Cabase in 2012 where Antel, the Uruguayan telecoms company, was made a full member of the Chamber. As a result of joining all of Antel's its traffic now goes through the National NAP of Cabase, the national Internet traffic exchange in Buenos Aires.
Speaking on the proposal, Ariel Graizer, president of Cabase and the Latin American and Caribbean association of IXP operators, said: "By interconnecting the IXP of the different countries of the Southern Cone we will achieve a greater efficiency of the critical internet infrastructure, in which the operators of each country will be able to exchange traffic locally and thereby radically lower their international connectivity costs, gain speed and have a lower latency."
Argentina currently has roughly 27 regional IXP’s in operation at the moment forming part of the critical Internet infrastructure in Argentina, placing the country in the top five of most IXP’s in the world, alongside the United States, Brazil, Russia and Germany.
More than 12 million Internet users in Argentina are interconnected by the Cabase network, with an infrastructure that currently has a capacity of 600 Gbps of internet traffic.
The IXP within the network are located in Buenos Aires, GBA North Zone, Rosario, Neuquén, Bahía Blanca, Mendoza, Santa Fe, La Costa, Córdoba, La Plata, Mar del Plata, Posadas, Bariloche, Puerto Madryn, Junín, San Luis, Tucumán, Pergamino, Sáenz Peña (Chaco), Jujuy, Salta, GBA West Zone, Tandil, Resistencia, San Juan, Viedma and Río Negro.
The Chamber also has plans to open more locations around the country during the rest of 2018.
Earlier this year a number of Argentinian telcos pledged additional infrastructure investment following the loosing of local regulations by the government. Telecom Argentina has pledged to invest $5 billion focussing on driving fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity across the country, whilst also bringing IPTV into homes supported by Cablevisión. Telefonica has also announced plans to up its investment by pledging $2.6 billion into the country.
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