The Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), the largest interconnect in the world (meaning, it connects internet providers, carriers and huge IP centric companies like think Google), donated a 1GB/s port to Wikimedia, the Company behind Wikipedia. AMS-IX is a not for profit foundation, financed on a pure cost basis by the companies they interconnect. The link will add capacity to handle 10.000 requests per second to Wikipedia. At peaks, over 50.000 request arrive per second to Wikipedia. Traffic has doubled in a years time. From the press release:

Amsterdam/St. Petersburg, December 12, 2007 – The Wikimedia foundation, the international non-profit organization behind Wikipedia, and the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) have joined forces for “the good of the Internet.” Both non-profits strive to enable Internet progress and generally improve the user experience.

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