Internet Exchange Points (IXP) are vital elements of the internet infrastructure that enable networks to exchange traffic with one another.
Multiple internet service providers (ISP) can connect with IXP and can create a good potential for technical, and economic benefits.

An IXP enables the network connections to connect to one single provider, rather than through other third-party networks. The IXP keeps the internet traffic local, thus avoiding international links, and which can result in cost savings, in providing local substantial bandwidth, as well as in significantly improving the local Internet performance.

The ALB-IX service is currently offered to below entities:

•   Abissnet
•   Nisatel
•   Tring
•   IBC
•   AKSh
•   AMC
•   Primo
•   Bleta Net

There are three main key benefits for ISPs to connect to an IXP:

• Bandwidth & Cost Saving. Bandwidth saving is the initial goal for IXP creation, and this happens in order to keep the internet traffic local for the connected ISPs and not use the international transit lines which are very expensive
• Quality of Service (decreasing Latency). Using IXP makes possible an improved network performance and an enhanced QoS (quality of service) for customers, due to the bandwidth savings, decreased RTT and use of local links.
• New Revenue Opportunities. Through the IXP connection, an ISP can create new business models that drive the domestic links: e-banking, e-commerce, e-government, VPNs, content hosting and many other services that normally can be severely hampered by the high latency/high congestion on the upstream links.

The Albanian Internet eXchange (ALB-IX) is the first and currently the only IXP operating in Albania. The IXP project was successfully implemented by a “Cisco Gold” certified partner. Introduction of such a new service brings special values to the Albanian market and provides major advantages in the forthcoming developments in the telecommunication sector in Albania. Connecting to ALB-IX, allows network operators to take advantage of mutual interconnection services that act at several layers: from IP traffic exchange by means of public and private peering, to physical circuits establishment.
Moreover, ALB-IX will provide cheaper, more efficient, less latent paths between networks. ALB-IX will help foster the local community - both content and providers. Aggregation of the demand makes it more attractive for additional transit providers to enter the market, and ALB-IX has the following benefits and values for businesses and the market:

• Technical Benefits. IXPs provide cheaper, more efficient, lower latency paths between networks. They provide an interface between multiple ISPs –this in turn enables ISPs to avoid “bombarding” local and regional traffic.
• Economic Benefits. It reduces the “cost of goods”, allowing ISPs to maintain higher levels of profitability, reduce costs, or increase reinvestment. Helps stimulate market entry by new ISPs, web hosting and equipment co-location developers, as well as content creators.
• Social Benefits. ALB-IX helps foster a local community –for technical skill, content developers and service providers.
• National Benefits - Industry Growth: ALB-IX is a prerequisite to the development of any significant domestic content production, hosting, or collocation-industry.
• HR Development. The maturation of the local network infrastructure provides a nucleus for education and retention of the Internet-skilled labor force that ISPs need in order to continue their growth and economic progress.
• Privacy Control. Sending sensitive data across national borders presents a privacy risk to governments and corporations. Through ALB-IX your internet traffic remains local, sensitive data is not subject to inspection by other governments, whose agenda may not be congruent with national policy or interests.
• Network Performance. ALB-IX enables high-bandwidth, low latency applications like multimedia, gaming, and file-sharing, and also improves the price/performance ratio of local traffic.
• Additional Value. Our system enables coordination of security, infrastructure protection, abuse response activities.

•  Route-server
•  Looking-glass
•  Measurement and instrumentation
•  Network Time Protocol
•  Web cache parent
•  News server
•  Root server mirror
•  Reporting: Provision of consolidated reports on a weekly/monthly basis statistic - reports as following:
1. Traffic per customer
2. Total peering traffic
3. Errors/Loss
4. Route statistic

Type of Fee Description Amount (Euro)
Connection Set-up Non-recurrent fee for connection 1 000
FE / 10 Mbps 10 Mbps connection port to ALB-IX 3 00
FE / 100 Mbps 100 Mbps connection port to ALB-IX 6 00
GE / 1 Gbps 1 Gbps connection port to ALB-IX 1 000
Shared Rack - 3U 3 RU space in rack +continuous power 1 00
Additional 1 RU Additional space in rack + continuous power 30

FE – Fast Ethernet, GE – Gigabit Ethernet
* Customer is responsible for the necessary cabling up to the ALB-IX facilities. In the cases when the cabling from customer site to ALB-IX is not available, the connection can be provided by Albtelecom through the respective price list for the specific service.

Last Update: 29 December 2016