[menog] RE: [ncc-regional-middle-east] Peering
hkilmer at gpx.ie
Thu Aug 2 20:20:04 GMT 2007
Bill Woodcock wrote:
> Hello, Salman.
> With regard to the above, I think that if we were having this conversation
> fifteen years ago, it would still have been reasonable to discuss the need
> for a single IXP for the region. But the time for that is pretty clearly
> past... If you look at this map of IXP distribution:
> You'll note that the Middle East is the only developed region of the world
> other than Mexico that doesn't already have a fairly dense distribution of
> IXPs to support communications growth, at this point. Rather than
> thinking about one location, I think you'd need to be looking at thirty
> or forty, to reach parity. And if you think about what thirty or forty
> cities in the Middle East means, you don't have to do any winnowing: it
> includes every capitol and every major city in the region. Just as every
> capitol and every major city in Europe and East Asia have them.
> So if the question is "Jeddah or Dubai" the answer is "yes, and Manama and
> Doha and Muscat and Riyadh..."
Bill is absolutley right: Rich connectivity has many benefits for the
network administrators as well as their customers. Each major area
needs *at least* one IXP.
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