Hurricane Electric Expands Global Network at Albanian Internet Exchange Point

This new extension will help meet demands for increased IP transit while reducing latency and router hops in Southeastern Europe

TIRANA, Albania and FREMONT, California, May 24, 2022–(BUSINESSWIRE)–Hurricane Electricthe world’s largest native IPv6 internet backbone, today announced that it has expanded its presence in South Eastern Europe by connecting to theAlbanian Neutral Internet eXchange (ANIX).

ANIX is the first neutral and non-profit internet exchange point in Albania. It is hosted and managed by Namex within the carrier-grade data center of RASH, the Albanian university network, in Tirana. ANIX was launched in March 2018, and prior to its inception, traffic between Albanian endpoints had to pass through foreign countries. Internet Service Providers in Albania and around the world rely on ANIX to interconnect their networks.

Hurricane Electric’s presence within ANIX will reduce latency, improve fault tolerance, load balancing, and the infrastructure needed for congestion control. The new direct connectivity paths will also increase the reach of Hurricane Electric’s next-generation (IPv6) internet infrastructure and services. In addition, ANIX members can now exchange IP traffic, or “peer”, through Hurricane Electric’s strong global internet backbone.

Namex is an internet exchange point established in Rome, Italy since 1995. Namex and RASH, the Albanian university network formed in 2007, carried out the ANIX project on a voluntary basis to improve the connectivity of Albanian access providers between them and with the global internet network. ANIX has state-of-the-art infrastructure, hosted in RASH’s data center, which has many features to ensure availability, including N+1 UPS, temperature and humidity sensors as well as on-time monitoring of the installation’s critical infrastructure.

Beyond the increased network capacity provided by 100GE (100 Gigabit Ethernet), 10GE (10 Gigabit Ethernet), and GigE (1 Gigabit Ethernet) ports, Hurricane Electric’s extensive global network supports more than 20,000 BGP sessions over more than 9,000 different networks, through a collection of 250 major exchange points and thousands of customers and private peering ports.

“Hurricane Electric’s is excited about joining ANIX, as well as expanding its presence in Southeastern Europe,” said Mike Leber, president of Hurricane Electric. “This new connection will allow local internet service providers and other networks to take advantage of Hurricane Electric’s rich global network, while helping to strengthen Albania’s internet connectivity.”

About Hurricane Electric

Hurricane Electric operates its own global IPv4 and IPv6 network and is considered the largest IPv6 backbone in the world. Within its global network, Hurricane Electric is connected to more than 250 major exchange points and exchanges its traffic directly with more than 9,000 different networks. Using a resilient fiber optic topology, Hurricane Electric has no less than five redundant 100G routes across North America, four separate 100G routes between the United States and Europe, and 100G rings in Europe and Asia. Hurricane also has a ring around Africa and a ring that crosses Australia and New Zealand. Hurricane Electric offers both IPv4 and IPv6 transit solutions over the same connection. Available connection speeds are 100GE (100 gigabits/second), 10GE and Gigabit Ethernet. For more information, visit

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