An internet exchange is a meeting-point where networks can exchange traffic freely. Local traffic can be kept local. Once enough participants join at the same location, their combined needs tend to attract cheap long-haul transit providers and big content providers.
An IX (Internet Exchange) allows multiple local network providers to interconnect directly via a big switch. The benefits are legion: but the primary ones are cost, latency, and bandwidth.
Internet traffic exchange is facilitated by BGP (Border Gateway Protocol). Providers announce routes -- typically local but sometimes further reaching -- via the peering arrangement.
At an IX, peers can exchange their own traffic with each other for free. In time, we hope the big content players and long-haul transit providers will choose the same location we have.
To participate you probably need your own IP network blocks and AS (Autonomous System) number. Send us a mail, bring a network link to Datahive, and we will connect you.
Since this is a new IX, there are no port fees! We will supply this service for free until the community decides that the charging of port fees is needed to ensure we have the best equipment.