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Zen Improves Speed & Reliability

Posted: 23rd Aug, 2004 By: MarkJ
ISP Zen Internet has joined LoNAP, an independent peering point based in London to help improve the speed and reliability of the service it provides its customers:

Peering points allow many Internet networks to interconnect to exchange traffic, thus reducing the number of networks that data must pass through to reach its destination and therefore improving the speed and reliability of the Internet.

'Peering' usually takes place between networks of approximately similar size on a non-profit basis. The only traffic that can pass through a peering connection is data from one network that is specifically destined for another network, rather than accepting and forwarding data to and from anywhere in the network as in 'transit' connections. The only costs incurred are for the cables and switch ports, which means that Zen Internet is not only able to provide speedier access to data for its customers, but also reduces Zen's costs.

James Blessing, technical development manager, Zen Internet, said: "By joining LoNAP, we will be able to increase the number of ISPs we peer with, and so increase performance for our customers. They will have quicker, more direct connection to information on other networks that are owned by other members of LoNAP." LoNAP also provides a cost effective and efficient means of connecting with networks that are not members of existing peering points.

LoNAP is an independent, not-for-profit, peering point. It was established in 1997 as a co-operative service to its members, and was formally incorporated in 1998 as a non-profit limited company owned by its users. The open, member-based structure ensures that the exchanges are run for the benefit of members, not for the profit of shareholders.

The peering point will improve inter-ISP connectivity for UK internet users, and reduce bandwidth usage for the ISPs concerned. Sebastien Lahtinen, commercial director, LoNAP, said: "By joining LoNAP, Zen will increase resilience, reliability and capacity of its connectivity as well as reducing the time taken for information to travel between its customers and other sites on the Internet."

The decision to join LoNAP with a 1 Gbps link, means that Zen will be able to peer with a second location in London in addition to its existing locations at LINX, and MaNAP in Manchester, the only viable UK exchange outside of London.
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