On behalf of the Euro-IX community, we extend our congratulations to the Croatian Internet eXchange on their twentieth anniversary.
Formed in 2000 and managed by the University Computing Centre (SRCE), CIX holds a very important role in helping to develop the local Internet industry. As the main Internet exchange point in Croatia, CIX has been recognised as an important factor in the Croatian Internet space and its potential to increase computer security by the National Strategy for cyber security and subsequently published Recommendations for the use of the national IX point for the exchange of Internet traffic.
Euro-IX was set up with the intention to develop, strengthen and improve the IXP community, by promoting the inter-change of ideas and best-practices within the membership, and fostering good practices for the wider Internet eco-system. IXPs serve as a hub for technical activity and plays a very important role in helping to improve internet quality and affordability in local communities, as well as improving competitiveness.
CIX became a member of Euro-IX (the European Internet Exchange Association) in 2008, showing dedication to the Euro-IX community through participation at Euro-IX fora and other contribution to the Membership throughout the past 12 years.
Congratulations to CIX for completing 20 glorious years of Peering!
Bijal Sanghani, Managing Director
Congratulations - 20 years since establishing a national center for the exchange of Internet traffic (SRCE)
In the 1990s, the time of liberalization of the telecommunications market in Europe began, which, in Croatia, started with the emergence of new telecommunications companies, and then companies that recognized all the possibilities of the Internet and digital technologies. At that time, access telecommunication technologies by analog lines were still prevalent, with the possibility of digital data transmission at low speeds. With the connection of Croatia to the Internet in 1992 and the spread of the Internet in wide application, whereby households and companies were connected by slow analog modem connections, the need arose to interconnect Internet service providers in Croatia. The development of communication technologies, both optical, which resulted in capacity building on the backbone of networks, and access technologies, has caused the emergence and rapid expansion of broadband access. With the increasing development of access network technologies, the content part of the Internet also flourished, which is especially true for video content.
Twenty years ago, on September 8, 2000, the signing of the Memorandum on the Establishment of a National Internet Exchange Center officially established the CIX (Croatian Internet eXchange), thus enabling Internet service providers in Croatia and private Internet networks of large systems to easily exchange internet traffic.
We are witnessing a time when the practical example of the crisis caused by the appearance of the coronavirus showed the necessity and inevitability of the use of digital technologies, and thus the exchange of Internet technologies, all in order for business processes to run smoothly. Amid all the uncertainty of the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing has become clear: that organizations need to be digitized in order to survive. The importance of CIX was also recognized within the National Cyber Security Strategy and, accordingly, a Recommendation for the use of the national node for mutual exchange of Internet traffic was drafted and published, with special reference to the advantages of its use in terms of Internet traffic security.
On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of the National Center for Internet Traffic Exchange, I take this opportunity to congratulate SRCE on the establishment of CIX and on successful twenty years of work, with the wish that this success will continue in the future!
Bernard Gršić, state secretary