Data centre provider Telehouse and the London Internet Exchange (Linx) are celebrating 20 years of a partnership that has seen the Docklands become one of Europe’s leading connectivity hubs.

From becoming the first Internet Exchange in the world to deploy a 100-megabit switch in 1996 to being the first exchange to introduce 10G ethernet operation, Linx and Telehouse have pioneered the evolution of the internet.

Two decades ago, the internet consisted of around 2,700 websites worldwide, today there is close to a billion.

Telehouse North Two, its latest development near the Tower Hamlets Town Hall complex will take the London campus to 73,400sqm of space.

John Souter, CEO of Linx said: “The relationship with Telehouse has enabled us to transform London’s Docklands into one of the world’s leading global internet hubs.

“This partnership is only going to grow in importance as the introduction of 100G technology takes hold and the UK requires ever greater connectivity and capacity as traffic grows.”

Hiroyuki Soshi, managing director of Telehouse Europe said: “The construction of North Two will further drive the industry to reach new heights and allow businesses to grow exponentially.”