Nokia Expands Partnership with NL-ix, Elevating European Internet Exchange Services

Nokia has announced the expansion of its collaboration with NL-ix, Europe’s largest distributed Internet Exchange provider (IXP).
NOKIAThis extension involves the deployment of 7750 Service Routers (SR) boasting speeds of up to 800GE interfaces. NL-ix, renowned for being a top global Internet Exchange, will now extend its reach beyond the Netherlands to cover more than 100 datacenters across the continent.

The deployment of Nokia’s 800GE systems is a transformative move for NL-ix, elevating it from a localized Internet Exchange to a comprehensive European business connectivity platform. This expansion enables NL-ix to offer dedicated enterprise business Internet Exchange services, ensuring five 9’s network uptime and supporting any port at speeds up to 800GE.

Having previously implemented Nokia’s 800GE systems in its Amsterdam datacenters, NL-ix experienced daily average traffic peaking above 8 Tb/s in 2023. To accommodate the growing demand across its network, NL-ix plans to deploy a range of Nokia’s SR family of IP routers, including large-scale FP5-based multi-slot systems for core routing and smaller IP routers tailored for edge and satellite-based applications.

Jan Hoogenboom, CEO at NL-ix, emphasized the strategic significance of this collaboration, stating, “Over the next four years, in an intensive partnership with Nokia, NL-ix will be investing heavily in reinforcing its strategic position as the leading pan-European Enterprise Internet and Cloud Exchange.”

The deployment of Nokia’s FP5 silicon and 800 Gbit/s technology marks a substantial technology investment for NL-ix. This initiative aims to enhance NL-ix’s business transformation, positioning it to provide mission-critical services to European enterprises with unprecedented speed, sustainability, and control.

Mark Vanderhaegen, Director of Webscale Business at Nokia, expressed delight in working with NL-ix, highlighting the innovation brought about by Nokia’s FP5-powered IP routing technology. With 800GE routing, NL-ix now possesses a platform capable of handling relentless internet traffic growth, setting new standards for reliability, performance, and scalability in the realm of business connectivity.