Openfactory is able to provide you with internet Access directly from our backbone in
But that’s not all – we are working with many vendors, so say, you need internet access in Prague? Sure thing – thanks to the awesome NOG communities in all areas of Europe and abroad, we can easily find something. We have access to the international Network of Colt, Cogent, and others – so everything can be arranged.
Are you an internet provider yourself and you need a line off-net?
The same way we work with partners in every country that have access to last miles and route it into our backbone – we can also extend that into another partners network and have them given access to our lines. Handover via Ethernet, or VPDN (L2TP) – even via the public routed internet is doable.
The internet is a mesh of small and big networks. All these networks have something we call an adressing element, or a prefix – in short, a block of IP addresses, be that IPv4 or IPv6.
All these networks have an unique identifier – it’s called an ASN (Autonomous System Number) – and they run BGPv4 between them and their neighbors.
In an ideal world, every network would have a cable to every other ASN. That’s going to be an amount of cables of several tens of thousands of cables, so lets run with 100k2 cables needed in total. Not really something that scales both from a practical terms (so many cables that break and break something) and also not financially.
So you could also pay someone to bring you to everyone else.
That’s a carrier. Some of these carriers grown so big, they agreed not to charge each other. That’s peering. And then there are carriers that don’t even have to pay anyone anymore for transit – that’s a Tier1 carrier. They can reach everyone by either a free peering, or even getting paid for it by their customers.
Openfactory runs a Tier2 Network – we have upstream carriers that we are connected to – right now these are within others, Init7, Hurricane, Cogent, Cyberlink and Meerfarbig in Germany (towards DTAG). Most of our traffic goes via other cables though, and we peer at Internet Exchanges (imagine this like a big switch, which saves a whole bunch of these cables – IXPs are an idea to solve this exponential cable problem together with BGP)
You can get IP transit from us – we can provide this in many datacenters across central europe. For non-profits and upcoming, we provide this under freetransit.ch as a seperate project – no SLA included here.
contact us with your bandwidth needs. We can also help you to get started with aquiring an ASN and some IP space.
We are running an IXP together with our partners. This IXP is available in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.