What are Peering Exchanges?
The Internet is a network of networks that spans the globe. In essence ECN’s network connects to other telecommunication’s carriers networks which connects to other networks and so forth.
Somehow in all mesh of connections, Internet connected devices across the planet are all able to speak.
Within the Industry the term “Peering” or “Peering Exchanges” is common speak, however customers may never have heard of the terms or heard of them but not understood exactly what they are and how they work.
A Peering Exchange is a type of meeting place that companies like ECN, other Internet providers and content providers including Facebook and Google join their networks or “meet”.
Participants at a peering exchange use smart technology to tell other participants what Internet resources (usually what IP addresses) we have and then swap data with each other (“peer”).
ECN connects to Australia’s 2 major peering exchanges, Megaport and IX Australia (WAIX) and these exchanges provide around 30% of our total Internet traffic.