ManxIX appoints LINX as Technical Partner

To enable ManxIX to deliver quality 1G and 10G peering services to our members, we've partnered with the London Internet Exchange (LINX) to provide a high grade, future proof technical set up.

Launched in 2020, ManxIX is the first and only Internet exchange on the Isle of Man and is based in the BlueWave Carrier Neutral data centre site in Douglas which currently provides colocation and connectivity solutions for several local and national networks.

Professor Adam Beaumont, Founder and Chair of the Board for ManxIX, says; “By working with LINX for our technical set up we are able to deliver a high quality 1G and 10G peering services for our members, with room to grow and at a cost-effective price point. Having co-founded IXLeeds in 2008, I felt that we wanted to concentrate on community building and outsource the management of the technical layer to LINX.”

He continues; “ManxIX remains a not-for-profit mutual, formed to help reduce the cost of internet bandwidth on the Isle of Man and also increase quality and throughput, allowing the Island to retain and attract digital businesses.”

The ambition for having an internet exchange on the Island is to make traffic routing more efficient by keeping local traffic moving quickly and efficiently between residents on the Isle of Man and also to provide better quality access to media content.

Nurani Nimpuno, Head of Global Engagement at LINX, says; “As a leading, global interconnection provider, we pride ourselves on delivering the best service possible with world-class engineering. Our new Managed IXP service is designed to give others access to our proven hardware, management software and portals, and lean on our expert engineers to deliver a modern, efficient Internet Exchange.”

This new partnership with LINX has been established to provide a high quality, future proof technical set-up, using the tried and tested LINX set-up of a disaggregated network solution.

Alfred Cannan MHK, Minister for the Treasury, Isle of Man, comments; “The Isle of Man is home to a rapidly expanding digital industry, particularly in new technologies such as AI, Blockchain and Reg-Tech. The exchange will allow faster routing of internet traffic on the island, providing more efficient video collaboration, better access to high-definition content and also provide an important component in rolling out 5G connectivity. The internet exchange is a highly important digital infrastructure and is a great example of private sector cooperation for the benefit of all.”

Networks join Internet exchanges like ManxIX and LINX traditionally to increase network resilience and control, whilst reducing latency and specifically for ManxIX and LINX’s regional interconnection hubs to decrease overall traffic backhaul costs toward London and other regional hubs.

To become connected to the ManxIX exchange, you need to be a Licensed Operator and hold an Autonomous Systems (AS) number assigned by a Regional Internet Registrar.

To start the process of becoming a member please fill out the form here: