Internet Neutral Exchange

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Internet Neutral Exchange (INEX) is an Internet exchange located in the Republic of Ireland, with points of presence in Dublin at Equinix/TeleCity - Citywest, Equinix/Telecity (Formerly Data Electronics) - Kilcarbery Park, Interxion - Park West (x 2 sites), Vodafone (formerly Cable & Wireless) - Clonshaugh and Equinix/Telecity - NW Business Park, Ballycoolin.

The system provides a modern layer 2 ethernet switching network supporting IPv4, IPv6 and facilitating multicast peerings on several vlans, with supported access speeds of 100Mbit/s, 1Gbit/s and 10Gbit/s. The membership of INEX includes most of the large/medium Internet service providers (ISPs) based in Ireland, a growing number of digital content providers, the Irish Government network, VoIP providers and mobile operators. There is an associate membership category for non-trafficking organisations that have an interest in networking within the Irish IP community.

Internet Neutral Exchange Association Limited is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and is registered at the Companies Registration Office in Dublin, No. 253804. Each of its members is entitled to vote at general meetings. INEX maintains an executive board of 8 people, elected from its member representatives, and all board members must resign after two consecutive years service. Board members may be re-elected.

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Planning for INEX started in 1996 and it became operational in May 1997 with the backing of its four founding members; EUnet Ireland, HEAnet, Indigo and Telecom Internet with the objective of locally exchanging IP traffic between Irish-based ISPs, rather than using an external exchange or transit providers. As of March 2016, the Association had 82 full members and 21 associate members.

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