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LINX Turns 9 & Tops 30Gbps Record!
By: MarkJ - 11 November, 2003 (9:18 AM)

The London Internet Exchange (LINX), a key hub for many EU and UK ISPs, has celebrated its 9th anniversary by setting a new data transmission record of 30 Gigabits per second this week. One.. Two.. Three.. Happy Birthday to..:


London Internet Exchange (LINX), Europe's largest Internet exchange point, hit a new data transmission record of 30 gigabits per second this week - coinciding with the ninth anniversary of its creation.

Founded by just five UK ISPs in November 1994, LINX today has a membership of 140 ISPs and content delivery service providers (CDSPs) but retains its original mutual status.This means commercial competitors can exchange
Internet traffic efficiently and cost-effectively for the benefit of their customers.

More than 90 per cent of UK Internet traffic is routed through the LINX exchange, which provides access through its membership to around 50 per cent of the world's Internet networks.

Traffic on the LINX exchange is growing at a rate of around 40 per cent per year and the new total is well ahead of the 18 gigabits per second achieved in October 2002. Although Internet traffic consists of a wide variety of data, 30 gigabits is roughly equivalent to 1.8 million average e-mail messages.

"These amazing figures reflect the growth in Internet use by both business and home users," said LINX sales and marketing manager Vanessa Evans. "We are planning for lots more growth to come."

The new transmission record coincides with news from telecoms watchdog Oftel that half of all UK households are now online and that one million users will upgrade to broadband in the coming year.

According to Interactive Media and Retail Group a 2 billion on-line shopping bonanza this Christmas will result in web-based sales exceeding 14 billion for the year - up from 7.6 billion in 2002.

The Office for National Statistics also reports that 59 per cent of businesses had access to the Internet and 29 per cent had their own website in 2002 compared with 51 per cent with Internet access and 25 per cent with a website in 2001.

Size matters when it comes to e-commerce. For example, 99 per cent of firms employing more than 1,000 people had Internet access compared with just 56 per cent among firms with fewer than ten workers. However, only four per cent of UK businesses sold via the Internet and 13 per cent bought via the Internet, indicating the potential for future growth in e-commerce.

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