London Internet Exchange selects Juniper Networks® PTX Series for its Network Supercore
July 2012 by Emmanuelle Lamandé
The London Internet Exchange (LINX) and Juniper Networks announced that LINX, a mutually-owned membership association for operators of Internet Protocol networks and one of the world’s largest Internet Exchanges, has selected the Juniper Networks® PTX Series Packet Transport Switch for its production network as part of an infrastructure initiative engineered to support the traffic levels resulting from ongoing growth of digital content and the mobile Internet. The deployment, which went live in May, will be the second phase of a project announced by LINX in October 2011 to create a new network designed to meet current and future levels of customer demand for online activity.
The PTX5000 Packet Transport Switch will be at the heart of a network used by over 400 networks, including service providers and content owners from 50 countries, providing data, video and voice connectivity to hundreds of millions of customers using mobile and fixed connections.
Huge levels of increased network traffic in support of live, digitally-enabled events accessed by mobile devices require a robust and highly scalable transport network – with its industry-leading total system capacity of 8 Tbps, the PTX5000 Packet Transport Switch supports an unmatched density of high-speed interfaces within a single chassis to support this level of simultaneous demand.
Based on an HDTV stream running at 25 Mbps, the PTX5000 is able to forward 2,500 hours of original TV broadcast coverage in less than one minute.
LINX’s infrastructure provides connectivity for high-profile events streamed online, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Euro 2012 soccer championships, The Wimbledon Championships, and The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in addition to everyday rich content upload and download demand.
LINX’s 10 Points of Presence (PoPs) across London are connected by Juniper Networks MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers, the first phase of LINX’s new network deployment which went live in late 2011.
The PTX Series and MX Series run on Juniper’s Junos® operating system, ensuring that LINX’s network platform is streamlined and easy to maintain.
LINX members include traditional service providers such as BT, Deutsche Telekom and AT&T, content providers such as the BBC and Google, as well as application providers, including Microsoft.
The implementation is being carried out by Juniper’s partner Telindus Ltd.