Netnod and NIX launch new interconnection service in the Nordics

11 April 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Netnod, a provider of interconnection services in the Nordics, and NIX, a Norwegian internet exchange, have launched a new IX VLAN peering service connecting Norway to the rest of the Nordics.

The new services, credited as the first of its kind in the region, will give the Nordics quicker, cheaper and better-managed interconnections.

“We are pleased that through close cooperation with NIX we are able to give our customers even more choice of how they connect and exchange traffic,” said Lars Michael Jogbäck,CEO of Netnod. “Whatever your network setup and wherever you are located, the new IX VLAN peering service enables networks in Norway and throughout the Nordics to become better interconnected than ever before.”

The Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) peering solution allows customers at NIX to connect to any of the Netnod internet exchanges (IXs) in the Nordics and vice-versa. In using VLAN connections no extra cross connection or equipment is needed and networks can peer throughout the region for a fraction of the cost. Networks are then able to expand their presence and peer with some of the biggest ISPs, telcos and content delivery networks in the world.

"Since 2015, Netnod and NIX have cooperated closely for a better Internet in the region,” added Kjetil Otter Olsen, NIX CEO. “This new service will make it easier for Norwegian networks to get better connectivity both regionally and globally and will also enable better connectivity to Norway for all networks connected to Netnod.”

Additionally, Netnod also announced the launch of a point-to-point transport service allowing networks with a footprint in Norway to establish private interconnections in a more effective way. Enabling interconnections across optical, physical and data link layers within Oslo, the Metro Access service provides private interconnects at 10G or 100G.

A long-distance version of the service, called Netnod WDM Transport, enables networks in Norway to establish regional interconnections, with on-net locations at major data centres in the region, and a fully provisioned service for local access.