Best Practice Forum on Internet exchange points (IXPs) - Contributing to the success and continued development of Internet exchange points (2016)


Final output document of the Best Practice Forum on IXPs



1. Introduction

2. Scope and Goal of te 2016 BPF on IXPs

3. Internet exchange points (IXPs): defintion and role

4. How can IXPs contribute to enabling inclusive and sustainable growth?

5. Explaining success: IXP best practices and experiences

6. IXP best practice exchange and multistakeholder cooperation


Executive Summary


Full version


BPF on IXPs workshop at the 11th IGF meeting

BPF on IXPs workshop at the 11th IGF meeting,

8 December 2016, Guadalajara, Mexico (YouTube video)






[preparatory process]




Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) are physical locations where Internet networks are connected at a common point to exchange data. The Internet is a large network of individual networks. To effectively be part of the Internet, each network needs to ba able to send and receive information to and from any other network. For example when a user in one network sends an email to a correspondent who is connected to different network.

At an IXP networks exchange data, a practice that is called peering. The IXP model of network interconnection and traffic exchange is a widely-adopted industry practice with over 500 known IXPs in 120 countries. IXPs have a positive impact on the cost, speed, quality, stability and robustness of the Internet. The benefits of an IXP directly influence the end-user experience.

The 2015 BPF on IXPs focused on creating and setting up an IXP. It identified stakeholders and challenges, and collected best practices on how to enable environments to establish successful IXPs. The 2015 BPF IXP outcome document is available online (.pdf) .

Scope and Goals

In 2016 the BPF on IXPs will focus on growing and further developing an IXP. IXPs play a critical role in improving the affordability, performance, and reliability of the Internet. They therefore play an important role in enabling inclusive and sustainable growth in their communities.

The BPF output will document and acknowledge the benefits on an IXP, and identify, via case studies, factors that can contribute to the development and success of IXPs as well as the broader Internet ecosystem. The outcome of the BPF IXP should be a living and flexible resource intending to inform all kinds of policy debates on IXP related issues in a neutral way.

Scope and Goals docment (draft) 

Activity Update (13 Sept)

Participate and contribute

The BPF IXP is an open bottom-up process to collect best practices and present them as a useful and tangible output of the 2016 IGF.

Currently the BPFs draft output document is open for public input: 

If you want to contribute, share your experiences as an IXP or IXP-stakeholder, assist in reaching out to IXPs in your region, take part in the brainstorming and help to shape the 2016 BPF outcome document, you should join the "bp_ixps" mailing list and participate in the regular virtual meetings.

Sign-up to the mailing list :

Virtual Meetings:


BPF IXP workshop at the 2016 IGF meeting

Thursday 8 December (Day 3) 16:30 - 18:00 (local time Guadalajara).

Contact and coordination

MAG Coordinators: Ms. Salenieta Tamanikaiwaimaro and Mr. Douglas Onyango

IGF BPF IXP Consultant: Mr. Wim Degezelle ( [email protected] )