Bringing affordable and reliable Internet to all: what do Internet Exchanges Points have to do with this?

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The United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Internet Society are facilitating discussions among experts and government officials on how the presence of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) can improve Internet stability, affordability and resilience during disasters and crises, notably COVID-19.

BY INVITATION ONLY  |  Bangkok, Thailand

Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) are regarded as a key component of modern Internet infrastructure and contribute to global network resilience and efficiency. By keeping domestic Internet traffic local, IXPs help reduce transit costs, reduce latency in the network and provide a better user experience – this is even more so when complementary services such as Rootserver instances and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) exist within the country.

Yet, many parts of the Asia-Pacific region still lack neutral IXPs. In such cases it’s not unusual to see data sent from one person to another person in the same city transiting through another country – often multiple countries. This can obviously have a significant impact on network performance and prices.

This informational webinar is the first of a series of webinars being organized in partnership with ISOC and NIA in preparation for the Third Session of the Committee on ICT and STI scheduled to be held on 19 and 20 August.

It will provide a primer on the basics of Internet routing and describe how IXPs operate. The session is intended to improve understanding on how an IXP functions and the benefits it can provide. It will also present some best practices for network performance and reliability, as well as highlight the role government can play in helping establish a neutral IXP that benefits the country as a whole.

Topics covered will include:

  • The basics of Internet Routing
  • Transit, Peering and the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
  • How an IXP works
  • Security considerations, including network routing security
  • Best practices in establishing a neutral IXP

For any questions related to this event, kindly send to email escap-ids@un.org.

For invited participants, kindly register online at: https://meetings.unescap.org/events/bringing-affordable-and-reliable-int…, for further details on connecting to this webinar.