Middle Eastern Exchange Points

Martin Hannigan hannigan at renesys.com
Fri Feb 10 06:14:29 UTC 2006

At 11:08 AM 2/9/2006, Bill Woodcock wrote:

>       On Thu, 9 Feb 2006 Michael.Dillon at btradianz.com wrote:
>     > In hindsight, it would have been clearer to refer to these
>     > places as peering exchanges however back in those days, the important
>     > distinction wasn't between peering and transit.
>There was a significant effort from 2001 to distinguish between "peering
>exchanges" and "transit exchanges," and that's something I continue to do

Your trash is my treasure. Neutrality is key.

>However, a "transit exchange" is (and is Definition by Strong
>Assertion, since it's not a commonly enough used phrase to have a
>definition by general acceptance) a place where multiple buyers and
>multiple sellers convene to buy and sell transit in a market environment.

Strong assertion noted.

[ SNIP ]

>At least it's one step better than everybody who isn't one calling
>themselves a NAP.

NAP, IX, $IX, exchange. If there's a mutually beneficial reason to
be there, you will be there. If people are there, they will exchange
traffic. If they exchange traffic, they are an exchange.

I'd be happy to debate this point in a panel or BoF. It's been
beat to death here.

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