An Internet Exchange Point for Central America

Panama is proposing installing on its territory a regional IXP to reduce the cost of data transmission between Central American countries.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

An IXP is a piece of infrastructure which enables internet traffic to move between networks and through this interface to connect directly, without using an intermediate network. Among the advantages of an IXP are the higher availability of bandwidth and reducing costs in regional Internet traffic.

Panamaon.com reports that "... The main purpose is to allow networks to interconnect directly through the infrastructure, rather than going through one or more networks belonging to third parties. The advantages of direct interconnection are numerous, but the main reasons are cost, latency and bandwidth. The third advantage is speed, which is most noticeable in areas with underdeveloped long distance connections. An IXP local connection can allow unlimited data transfer, at no cost, greatly improving bandwidth between adjacent ISP customers. "



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