Peering Policy

Viatel operates an open peering policy, however we expect peering partners to meet following technical and operational criteria:

  • Peering partners must maintain a 24x7 Network Operations Center or alternatively provide a 24x7 emergency contact capable of troubleshooting BGP-related problems.
  • Peering partners must not utilise any form of gateway of last resort or default route that is directed at Viatel.
  • Peering partners must not sell or offer next-hop to Viatel for any third-party.
  • Peering partners must cooperate in the troubleshooting of any peering related issues, denial of service attacks, UCE, hacking or virus penetration.
  • Peering partners must not re-advertise routes learned from Viatel to other peering partners and upstream networks.
  • Peering partners are strongly encouraged to maintain an up-to-date PeeringDB record.
  • Peering partners should aggregate route announcements as much as is practical.
  • Peering in multiple locations is preferred, but not required. Peering partners are however requested to peer at all common peering points.
  • All announcements are to be consistent, in terms of prefix aggregation properties, across all peering points.
  • Peers are expected to filter their clients and third-parties to reject both unauthorized BGP announcements as well as IP traffic with invalid source addresses.

Viatel reserves the right to suspend peering for an indefinite period of time should any form of network abuse be verified to take place via the peering interconnect. Such abuse may include but is not limited to:

  • Denial of Service attacks
  • Unsolicited Bulk Email sources
  • Setting default-route towards Viatel
  • Leaking routes learned from Viatel to peering partners or upstream networks

We reserve the right to change this policy with 30 days notice.

Viatel maintains a PeeringDB record available at

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