ICANN Acronyms and Terms

ICANN has hundreds of acronyms and terms, which can be confusing. We created this multilingual tool to help explain what these terms mean and facilitate your work within the ICANN community.

ICANN Acronyms and Terms

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  • Internet Exchange Point(IXP)

    A physical location where different networks meet and exchange Internet traffic through a switch. IXPs are usually placed in neutral locations between Internet service providers (ISPs) and content delivery networks. Using IXPs allows networks to connect directly rather than going through third-party networks, and can help bring down costs and speed up routing efficiency.