Argentina

A group of small and medium-size network operators, called CABASE, founded the first IXP in Argentina (the first, in fact, in South America) in 1998 - NAP Buenos Aires, which now has 46 members. Drawing on this experience, CABASE began to establish IXPs in small and medium-size markets across Argentina in 2011.

The model for these new IXPs is unusual in that they not only allow network operators to exchange local traffic, but they also interconnect to NAP Buenos Aires, thus forming a virtual IXP with national reach. The first IXP was established in the city of Neuquén with support from the local government. To date, nine IXPs are operational in five provinces, connecting over 80 network operators through the central routing hub in NAP Buenos Aires. The total switched traffic across the networks is about 8.4Gbps, which currently represents over half of the ASNs allocated to Argentina.

 

Table: A snapshot of the CABASE regional IXP initiative April 2013.

Name/City

State

Pop. (in 000s)

# peers

Peak traffic (Mbps)

NAP Cordoba

Cordoba

1,390

9

100

NAP Bahia Blanca

Buenos Aires

301

12

180

NAP de la Costa

Buenos Aires

70

5

90

NAP La Plata

Buenos Aires

731

8

120

NAP Mar del Plata

Buenos Aires

765

4

270

NAP Mendoza

Mendoza

916

9

130

NAP Neuquén

Neuquén

233

13

750

NAP Rosario

Santa Fe

1,251

16

180

NAP Santa Fe

Santa Fe

500

8

55

Source: CABASE and INDEC.

 

The exponential rise in traffic resulting from the establishment of new IXPs has allowed the Buenos Aires hub to attract peering from new operators and content providers such as Google which joined NAP Buenos Aires as a special member in late 2011.