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Momentous Day for Cork's Internet Future as INEX Cork is Launched

April 7, 2016


INEX, the Internet Neutral Exchange Association, has announced that INEX Cork has gone live and the first Internet traffic has passed over the exchange. INEX Cork, which was launched at an event in Cork city centre today (7th April), was built to facilitate the growing Internet traffic and Internet dependent businesses in the Cork and South West region. INEX Cork will allow connected ISPs and content networks to exchange Internet traffic and keep local traffic local. This will reduce the need for Internet traffic to be exchanged through Dublin and will result in faster connectivity and reduced latency for users.



“We are confident that Cork is destined to become an important ICT hub over the next few years and are proud to play our part, by establishing an important local infrastructural resource to assist in this objective, said Barry Rhodes, Chief Executive of INEX. “Internet data is expected to double every two years and the Hibernia Express and Aqua Comms cables, with others to follow, will support a real burst in Internet driven businesses in the region. INEX Cork is here to support that growing momentum.”


This new Internet Exchange, which is located in the carrier­neutral CIX data centre in Hollyhill, Cork, is the first regional Internet Exchange to be implemented by INEX, which runs the national peering point at its facilities located in six data centres in the Dublin region.


Commenting on the launch of INEX Cork, Jerry Sweeney, Chief Executive of CIX said: “As Cork grows as an IT Centre of excellence and an international fibre traffic switching location over the coming years, we look forward to working more closely with INEX”


INEX Cork has launched with 13 organisations with more expected to follow in the coming weeks. Those already on board are Airspeed, Airwave Networks, BT Ireland, CIX, East Cork Broadband, Eir, Government Networks, HEAnet, Intellicom, Nova Networks, Rapid Broadband, Strencom and Viatel.


Speakers at the launch of INEX Cork included Barry Rhodes, Chief Executive at INEX, Shane Nolan, Senior Vice President of Technology, Consumer and Business Services at IDA Ireland, who said: “Communications infrastructure is critically important to existing and future multinational investors when reviewing their location options for international operations. INEX Cork and other communications infrastructure announcements for the region are a great addition to the other excellent benefits that Cork and the South West region have to offer multinational and indigenous companies.”


To encourage organisations that have a requirement to exchange Internet traffic in Cork INEX has announced that port connection charges be free until at least January 2019.



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