Peering is the relationship between two Internet networks that connect and exchange traffic. It allows them to directly hand off traffic between each other’s customers, without having to pay a third party to carry that traffic across the Internet for them. Peering is distinct from transit, the more usual way of connecting to the Internet, in which an end user or network operator pays another network operator to carry all their traffic for them.
Top 3 benefits of peering:
- Lower IP transit cost - By routing a portion of its traffic through peered networks, an Internet Service Provider (ISP) saves money on IP Transit costs
- Better user experience - Peering typically produces a more direct path between two networks, thereby reducing the distance that data have to travel. The result is lower latency and improved user experience.
- Increased redundancy / network resiliency
Did you know these ICN Peering Stats?
- The ICN has peering relationships with the top 150 cloud content and large network providers.
- Netflix and Google make up over 50% of ICN’s traffic.
- At any given time, ICN has 10-15 Gbps of traffic being utilized from peering relationships established.
- On a day-to-day basis, ICN routinely passes bandwidth traffic from network-to-network and it never touches the public Internet.