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October 28, 2011

France IX Opens New Point of Presence in Marseille, France

France IX announced that it has expanded its footprint to the strategic location of Marseille. This is the 9th point of presence (PoP) in France and the first out of Paris for the company which is an Internet exchange point provider.

France IX is the latest generation IXP which offers Unicast and Multicast IPv4/IPv6 public peering and private peering (Closed User Groups) services via different connection ports such as 100 Mbps copper, 1000 Mbps copper, 1 Gbps SX or LX and 10 Gbps LR.

This new location at SFR (News - Alert) NetCenter in Marseille will serve as the cornerstone of France IX’s strategy. This location enables the peering point to help France connect with other regions globally especially Asia, Middle East and Africa, said officials in a release.  

The exponential growth in Internet traffic from these areas requires a way to enter Europe and spread across it. France IX strives to connect France to the outside in the peering world. This initiative forms part of France IX’s strategy to invest in the French regional areas in order to include as many French operators, ISPs, hosters and so on as possible.

This can be achieved by either using regions where an Internet exchange point is already well-established or by establishing partnerships as was done with Lyonix, the internet exchange point based in Lyon. France IX also plans to look for more places to install a PoP in order to reach out to new French peers, explained officials.

This new location makes Marseille the first of several network extensions in France. Any entity owning an Autonomous System Number (ASN) and present in SFR Netcenter will now on be able to access France IX’s peering services and exchange traffic with more than 100 operators, CDNs, gamers and other peers.

SEACOM (News - Alert), I-ME-WE and TGN Eurasia are among the many submarine communication cables that land in Marseille. France IX positions its new PoP as the front door to world exchanges, said company sources.

In July 2011, France-IX announced that it has expanded its network with the installation of a new point of presence, in Condorcet, TelecityGroup’s newest data center in France.

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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