The London Internet Exchange (Linx) has launched what it claims is the world's largest internet connection service by offering ISPs dedicated routes into its exchange in London.
The newly unveiled 'peering' service allows smaller players to exchange data with other ISPs, giving them access to more than 50 per cent of the world's internet networks.
According to Linx, the deal offers "massive economies of scale" for smaller ISPs which cannot afford their own dedicated switches on the Linx exchange and the technical staff to maintain them.
Linx chief executive John Souter said in a statement: "This new service, called Linx from Anywhere, allows smaller ISPs to gain access to the Linx network by 'piggy-backing' on the routes of existing Linx members."
ISPs will have control over their own dedicated Ethernet port and an individual IP address into the Linx exchange.
"While our ISP members are commercial competitors, Linx's mutual not-for-profit status allows them to co-operate in this way for the benefit of their customers," explained Souter.
"Linx from Anywhere means that smaller ISPs can become Linx members without incurring the expense of installing their own hardware at one of our eight London co-location facilities."
Linx said that its membership of 140 ISPs and content delivery service providers means that more than 50 per cent of the world's internet routes are directly accessible from its exchange.
Around 90 per cent of all UK internet traffic is routed through Linx, with current peak volumes hitting 36 gigabits per second.
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