The Project

IXPConnect is a new service managed by a Federation of IXPs that has the dual target of putting the IP networks of the emerging markets in touch with the heart of the Italian  Internet, and of  offering new development opportunities for the network,  in  the areas that suffer a major  digital divide, with the aim of  improving the overall national and international connectivity of our country.

The first aggregation point has  been opened  within Sicily Hub in Palermo, the new datacenter of  Telecom  Italia Sparkle, that connects in a single location all the  backhauls to the  subsea cables that land in Sicily and allow to reach Europe from the  Mediterranean  countries, Middle East and Asia, with active cooperation from  Brocade  who has supplied the  equipment.

The large operators who arrive  in Sicily using the subsea cable systems will find a readily available  interconnection infrastructure that can transport them directly into the heart  of the important Italian hub as Rome and Turin, thus contributing to  enhance the importance of Italy as a privileged point for transit to and  from Europe.

After Palermo,  IXPConnect  plans to open other aggregation point in Italy and add new IXPs, to promote the development of  Internet traffic in areas with less connection infrastructure: Campania, Emilia  Romagna, Liguria, Molise, Puglia, Valle d’Aosta and Veneto will be the next  regions that will host an IXPConnect aggregation and access point.