France-IX ramps up the number of its global reseller partners



French connectivity

The peering platform is offered from France’s two key connectivity locations and strategic players are signing up to extend its virtual reach.

France-IX, the French internet peering service provider, has reached the figure of 25 active reseller partners. The partners are now collectively responsible for connecting nearly 80 members from around the world to the Paris- and Marseille-based internet exchange platform.

France-IX Resellers are trusted partners who sell remote peering access to France-IX across their transport infrastructure. They offer a wide geographical diversity and “strong technical competence with high service levels”, said France-IX, to enable France-IX members with no presence in either Paris or Marseille to access peering services without the need to physically co-locate in common points-of-presence (PoPs).

Remote peering provides a cost effective, fast and reliable method for networks of all sizes wishing to benefit from peering services. With the reseller partners, in addition to the eleven France-IX PoPs in Paris and Marseille, France-IX is reachable from “several hundred” virtual PoPs in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

The newest France-IX reseller partner is Chartres métropole innovations numériques (CM’IN). Alain Guillotin, managing director of CM’IN, said: “We support our customers’ innovation through robust connectivity and technology deployment. We are delighted to strengthen these by increasing the interconnection capacity brought by France-IX on each of our points-of-presence, whether they are in Paris or Chartres (south-west of Paris) at the heart of our proximity data centre.”

CM’IN joins AFR-IX telecom, Angola Cables, BICS, Blueinfra, China Unicom, Congo Telecom, EDX Network, Epsilon Telecommunications, Eurafibre, GTT, IELO-LIAZO, InterCloud, IP-Max, IRIDEOS, IX Reach, Netalis, NL-IX, Phibee Telecom, Rascom, RETN, SG.GS, Sofia Connect, Telecom Italia Sparkle and Zayo.

Potential France-IX members can find their nearest reseller partner for remote peering via a PoP Finder Tool, which shows the location of over 310 virtual PoPs and the relative distances between them. This makes it easier for prospective networks to discover quickly and easily where and how to connect, France-IX said.

Franck Simon, president at France-IX Services, said: “The beauty of our remote peering solution is that it allows geographically remote members to benefit from peering at France-IX without having to deploy their own infrastructure, we are delighted to have gained so many new members this way.