IXPs are an important way of reducing the costs of Internet bandwidth; however, as Antonio M. Moreiras, the moderator of the roundtable noted, there are still 86 countries without IXPs, most of which are developing countries. The case studies presented in the roundtable, from both developed and developing countries, demonstrated that, as in many areas in Internet governance, 'one size does not fit all'. Instead, different governance models for Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) can be equally sustainable as long as they are managed well and that service providers see a value in interconnecting via the IXP.
Key issues raised in the roundtable were:
IXPs that participated in the roundtable included LINX (London IX), AMS-IX (Amsterdam IX), Internet Multifeed Co (an IX in Japan). Brazil and Argentina’s IXP experiences were provided by Sebastian Bellagamba (Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Internet Society), Antonio M. Moreiras (NIC.br) and Ariel Graizer (NAP CAbase).
By Samantha Dickinson