The European Internet Exchange Association (Euro-IX) gathers 80 IXPs from around the world. It was formed in May 2001 with the intention to develop, strengthen and improve the Internet Exchange Point (IXP) community. A number of IXPs recognised a need to combine their resources in order to coordinate technical standards, develop common procedures, share and publish statistics and other useful information. This would in turn give all interested parties a better insight into the world of IXPs.
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As an association of Internet Exchanges, we promote an open interchange of ideas and experiences by offering fora, meetings, mailing lists and online resources. We also gather information on regulatory issues affecting member IXPs within the Euro-IX region and where appropriate from other jurisdictions. Even though our Fora are held within the Euro-IX region, IXPs from other regions (APIX, Af-IX, LAC-IX & North America) are welcome to join our membership and attend our meetings so that they can contribute and benefit from our shared expertise and experiences.
We aim to increase the presence and visibility of European IXPs, helping them grow their customer/membership base (giving their member ISPs a larger number of potential peering partners) by:
With the increasing amount of IXPs located around Europe, we want to provide guidance to networks and help them work out which location or which IXP is best suited to their individual needs. The IXPDB and tools are therefore publically available.
With 80 member IXPs and their 7,000 connected customers, Euro-IX represents a large part of the European IP community and thus arouses the interest of politicians, regulators, vendors and other industry related sectors. Euro-IX is an ideal customer specific marketplace for equipment vendors who can join the association as Patron. This gives vendors the opportunity to strenghten their relationships with IXPs, exchange ideas and in turn develop equipment and services.