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Peering managers from Internet service providers (ISPs) around the world are being offered a place at a conference in Miami and an expenses-paid Bahamas cruise. The offer comes from LINX, the world's largest Internet exchange, and technology companies Terremark Worldwide Inc, Lucent Technologies and LightSpeed Technologies.

The conference and cruise, scheduled for 4 to 7 March 2005, will not be a holiday but an opportunity to talk about peering - the basis on which ISPs exchange traffic between their networks and which underpins the functioning of the Internet. Participation is by invitation only.

Around 125 senior industry executives are expected to be on board the cruise ship Majesty of the Seas for the three-day event.

Topics on the agenda include in-depth presentations from industry experts on peering rollouts, policies, trends and general technical topics of interest to the peering coordinator community.

LINX (the London Internet Exchange) and its partners have lined up some top-name speakers, including:

· Daniel Golding, analyst with the Burton Group, presenting "Exchange point colocation and peering for the enterprise"
· Peter Cohen, Peering Coordinator for TeliaSonera, presenting "Tools for peering coordinators"
· Barrett Lyon, CTO of Prolexic, presenting "In the trenches of cyber warfare"
· John Todd, CTO of Tello, Inc, presenting "VOiP peering ..... hype or fact?"
· Michael Mulhern, US State Department, presenting "IP customer issues from the federal perspective"
· Todd Underwood, Peering Coordinator for Renesys, presenting "Network Interconnection Strategy Portal: preview and invitation"
· Joe Pucik, MCI MAE Engineering, addressing "Where are the MAE's now? ... MPLS for the masses!"

For many of the peering managers, however, the most important people aboard the ship will be their counterparts from other ISPs.

Vanessa Evans, sales and marketing manager at LINX, said: "Selecting which organisations to peer with is a major strategic management function at an ISP. Getting the decisions right, or getting them wrong, can make a crucial difference to not just the technical but also the financial performance of the organisation.

"The peering forum will give delegates an opportunity to talk about different peering policies and peering economic models as well as to meet the faces behind the corporate names. Confidence in your peering partners plays a major role in peering decisions and this event will help to build confidence on a personal as well as corporate level."

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Notes to editors:

1. LINX is the world's largest Internet exchange point (IXP). It is a mutual, not-for-profit organisation whose members include almost all the major UK ISPs and content delivery service providers plus many from the USA, mainland Europe, the Far East and Africa. More than 90 per cent of the Internet traffic exchanged between ISPs in the UK passes through LINX equipment.

2. Membership of LINX permits commercial competitors to exchange Internet traffic between their networks across LINX switches, which are housed in eight colocation facilities in London linked by dedicated fibre optic cables.

3. The connection of Internet networks at an exchange point such as LINX is known as 'peering'.

4. Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, services and software that drive next-generation communications networks. Backed by Bell Labs research and development, Lucent uses its strengths in mobility, optical, software, data and voice networking technologies, as well as services, to create new revenue-generating opportunities for its customers, while enabling them quickly to deploy and better manage their networks. Lucent's customer base includes communications service providers, governments and enterprises worldwide.

5. Terremark Worldwide, Inc. (AMEX:TWW) is a leading operator of integrated Tier-1 Internet exchanges and best-in-class network services, creating technology marketplaces in strategic global locations.

Terremark is the owner and operator of the NAP of the Americas, the model for its carrier-neutral Internet exchanges the company has in Santa Clara, California (NAP of the Americas/West), in Sao Paulo, Brazil (NAP do Brasil) and in Madrid, Spain (NAP de las Americas - Madrid).

The carrier-neutral NAP of the Americas is a state-of-the-art facility that provides exchange point, collocation and managed services to carriers, Internet service providers, network service providers, government entities, multi-national enterprises and other end users. The NAP, which connects fiber networks in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa to those in the U.S., enables customers to freely choose among the many carriers available at the TerreNAP Centers to do business. Terremark is headquartered at 2601 S. Bayshore Drive, 9th Floor, Miami, Florida USA, (305) 856-3200. More information about Terremark Worldwide can be found at http://www.terremark.com.

6. LightSpeed Technologies is an Accredited Business partner of Lucent Technologies. It is a full service network solutions provider offering “carrier grade” networking solutions to the carrier, service provider, utility and transportation markets.

It offers a full complement of technologies and products, ranging from optical data network, MSPP’s to fibre optic cables and high capacity backbones utilizing technologies such as SONET, xWDM, ATM and MPLS. LightSpeed carries a complete suite of Lucent high performance products and services. It assists companies in designing and building their private or service provider network by integrating the best in class solution.

It has a highly dedicated and experienced staff with the resources to meet all of its customer’s networking needs. Its team will consult, design, build, integrate and maintain the networks. LightSpeed’s primary goal is giving customers full end-to-end support. LightSpeed is a Systems Integration corporation focused on providing customers with the best in class next generation solutions with LightSpeed service that exceeds customer expectations. www.lspeedt.com

For more information contact:

Vanessa Evans
The London Internet Exchange
Telephone: +44 (0)1733 207701
Email: pr@linx.net

Michael Holland or Mike Lennox
Smye Holland Associates
Telephone: +44 (0)1733 564906
Email: mikeh@smye-holland.com

Sandra Gonzalez-Levy
Terremark Worldwide Inc., Miami
Telephone: 305-860-7829
Email: sgonzalez-levy@terremark.com

Monica Glukstad
Edelman P.R.
Telephone: 305-358-5291
Email: monica.glukstad@edelman.com

Published on: 12:00AM on 18th February 2005