Based in Louvain-la-Neuve, VERIXI is a telecom operator active in the Benelux. The company provides solutions for SMEs, large corporations, hosting providers, Web agencies and other telecommunications operators.
Why did you choose the BNIX network?
Pierre-François Lareppe: In Belgium, the BNIX is a real institution. Most of our customers know this exchange point and many ask us if we are connected to it. While our participation in BNIX reassures our customers, it primarily enables us to offer a particularly reliable and efficient service.
What for you are the advantages of BNIX?
P.-F. L.: Often, the path (route) between two Internet access providers located in the same country can be long, go through 3 or 4 networks, and make a detour via Amsterdam, London or Paris. It is disad- vantageous for the end-user who may, for example, feel their connection is slow or find it difficult to display a video without micro-interruptions. BNIX allows service providers in Belgium to shorten this path by establishing direct links between the participants. Belgium is also ideally located to attract participants from other European countries who seek to interconnect on the continent at a central point.
And from an economic point of view?
P.-F. L.: By participating in BNIX we avoid, wherever possible, making use of upstream suppliers for interconnection networks, which also reduces our costs. BNIX offers high capacity connections that allow us to send large volumes of data to a large number of end users inexpensively.
Points of BNIX to improve?
P.-F. L.: One of the greatest strengths of BNIX is its impeccable reliability. It is a solid platform that works to perfection. Currently, BNIX is available in 3 data centres in the vicinity of Brussels. An interesting development would be the deployment of other points of presence in other data centres around the country in order to offer this tool to a new market.
The predecessor of BICS, has been connected to BNIX since 1997. Already before my time at BICS, I professionally already knew of BNIX. BICS (Belgacom International Carrier Services) provides IP Transit services to multinationals and to big enterprises, who are customer of Belgacom. In the Belgian market it is important to show the fastest possible routes to all other important Belgian service providers, both for hosting and customer access. Additionally, BNIX provides us the platform where operators with whom we have multiple interconnections worldwide can deliver traffic directly in Belgium, without having to be transported over our own backbone. Traffic volumes available for peering within Belgium are quite limited. So connecting to BNIX allows us instant access to the vast majority of the public IP traffic. Therefore is BNIX an integral part of our IP Transit offering as part of the eleven exchanges that BICS is connected to. For our organisation, BNIX remains essential to our Wholesale transit offering in Belgium. We hope to see the internet market expand in Belgium, attracting ever more traffic.