A significant milestone: i3D.net network connected to 100 IXPs

100 IXPs connected
14 July 2023

i3D.net is immensely proud to announce a significant achievement in its network expansion. The company has successfully connected the i3D.net ONE Platform to its 100th Internet Exchange Point (IXP), strengthening direct relations with internet providers across the globe. This remarkable milestone further solidifies i3D.net’s commitment to delivering unparalleled network performance and reliable connectivity to millions of users worldwide. 

i3D.net’s VP of Network, Martijn Schmidt explained the value of each IXP connection, “We are proud to reach this milestone, which ranks our company #13 globally for the most IXP connections. However, just connecting to many IXPs is not enough — it’s also what you do with them once you have joined them.” 

“The bilateral peering relationships that you manage to establish with the networks which matter to your business are a key factor for network quality, speed and efficiency. This is where we punch well above our weight, since i3D.net has reached over 8800 unique AS adjacencies, which puts us in 2nd place worldwide according to measurements and peer rankings maintained by various route collector projects. Our privately operated intercontinental long-haul IP/MPLS backbone also allows us to bring all these peering relationships together in one blended Internet routing feed.” 

Consistent growth for two decades

In 2010, i3D.net connected to its first IXP — AMS-IX Amsterdam. To mark the occasion, AMS-IX CCO Mike Baron stated, “We take great pride in the fact that we were the first Internet Exchange Point where i3D.net connected. i3D.net is a highly valued partner for AMS-IX and a vital part of our ecosystem as they are a world-leading platform for online gaming. They are a key partner for our international growth and for growing our exchange in Amsterdam as we extended our presence to their Smartdc data center in Rotterdam.”

After Europe, the focus for i3D.net quickly shifted to a more global outlook. The first IXPs connected to in other continents included Any2West in the US and IX Australia NSW in 2014, followed by extending i3D.net’s IXP presence in Asia and Latin America through BBIX Tokyo and IX.br São Paulo in 2015. NAPAfrica Johannesburg was brought online in 2017 marking a physical presence on all of the world’s continents to make sure i3D.net could now set ambitious targets such as its goal of serving 1 billion users worldwide by 2025.

Network strength prioritized

i3D.net’s 100th IXP connection has just been made live at the London Internet Exchange’s (LINX), LON2 platform in London. LINX is the leading IXP in the UK and the LON2 network is their secondary LAN in London, designed using alternative vendors to their primary LAN for increased resilience.

Jennifer Holmes, CCO of LINX spoke about i3D.net’s network, “Networks such as i3D.net form a pivotal part of the LINX member community. They understand the profound significance of peering and its complementary role within our expansive interconnection ecosystem. As a legacy member, i3D.net actively engaged in peering at our LON1 network in London and were one of the founding members of LINX NoVA in Northern Virginia — they really are true LINX ambassadors.”

Connecting to 100 IXPs not only strengthens i3D.net’s position as a premier network provider but also unlocks numerous benefits for its clients. Each IXP on the network improves performance, increases reachability and increases scalability for our customers and ultimately positively affects the final user as well.

i3D.net’s consistent pursuit of expanding its network ecosystem showcases its ongoing investment in infrastructure, technical expertise, and commitment to customer satisfaction. As the company continues to grow in both capacity and network connections, Managing Director of i3D.net Stijn Koster stated: “i3D.net’s purpose is ‘creating a digital future and connecting global audiences’ and one of the strategies we have is to build out Points of Presence (PoPs), deploying our platform as close as possible to people and businesses. We listen to our customers and end-users to identify where to deploy next. i3D.net’s strength is in its long-term vision. We aim for durable growth. With every new PoP, we connect more people directly to our platform, onboarding local ISPs to our global backbone, and bring our customer’s content closer to the end-user.”

About i3D.net

i3D.net is one of the leading providers of high-performance compute and global connectivity services. The company operates a low-latency network, with thousands of servers spread over 61 points of presence in 42 different metro areas on 6 continents. i3D.net excels in the gaming market and hosts a variety of AAA games, which led to its acquisition by Ubisoft in 2019. It continues to help various large-scale gaming & enterprise customers deploy, scale and manage their applications to over 670 million users globally. i3D.net’s goal is to reach 1 billion users on its platform by 2025.

Media contacts

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Zahaid Rehman
Content & Communications Specialist
Email: marketing[at]i3d.net

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