NL-ix deploys a range of Nokia service routers

Jan. 16, 2024
The routers will allow NL-ix to create carrier-grade, fully redundant 800 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) routing across its entire European footprint.

Nokia announced on Jan. 16 that it will be expanding its relationship with Europe’s largest distributed internet exchange provider (IXP),  NL-ix, which will deploy a range of routers from Nokia’s 7750 Service Routers (SR) portfolio to more than 100 NL-ix datacenters throughout Europe. NL-ix had previously deployed the Nokia systems in 2023 in its Amsterdam data centers, where daily average traffic regularly peaked above 8 Tbps. The further deployment will include large-scale FP5-based multi-slot systems for core routing as well as smaller IP routers built for edge and satellite-based applications.

With the deployment of Nokia’s 800GE systems Europe-wide, NL-ix reports that it is transforming from a localized internet exchange into a European business connectivity platform capable of providing carrier-grade resiliency that supports five-nines availability of network services. With this transformation, NL-ix hopes to attract new customers in sectors that have traditionally relied exclusively on private networks for purposes of security and reliability.

Mark Vanderhaegen, director of webscale business at Nokia, said in a press release, “We are delighted to work with such an innovative leader as NL-ix as they deploy Nokia’s FP5-powered IP routing technology across Europe. With 800GE routing, NL-ix has a platform for unrelenting internet traffic growth and sustainable business connectivity that sets new benchmarks for reliability, performance, and scale.”

In the same press release, Jan Hoogenboom, NL-ix CEO, said, “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. As a robust foundation under its single-coherent and carrier-grade network fabric, NL-ix will deploy Nokia’s FP5 silicon and 800 Gbit/s technology building upon Nokia’s 7750 SR, with far more speed and sustainable performance, deeply embedded in our fine-grained 100+ local datacenter footprint throughout Europe. This technology investment will boost our business transformation, allowing us to provide European enterprises mission-critical services with the insight and control of our unique Elastic Internet technology from the very capillaries of the European Internet.”

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