Buying IP Bandwidth Across a Peering Exchange

Randy Epstein nanog at
Tue Nov 25 18:50:53 UTC 2014

On 11/25/14, 1:47 PM, "Colton Conor" <colton.conor at> wrote:

>I know typically peering exchanges are made for peering traffic between
>providers, but can you buy IP transit from a provider on an exchange? An
>example, buy a 10G port on an exchange, peer 5Gbps of traffic with
>providers on the exchange, and buy 5Gbps of IP transit from others on the
>Some might ask why not get a cross connect to the provider. It is cheaper
>to buy an port on the exchange (which includes the cross connect to the
>exchange) than buy multiple cross connects. Plus we are planning on
>a wave to the exchange, and not having any physical routers or switches at
>the datacenter where the exchange/wave terminates at. Is this possible?

Depends on the exchange.  Some allow it, some don’t.  Some don’t have a

Some providers offer it, some don’t.


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