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9. ENX Interconnection with ANX

9.1. What is the benefit of the ENX-ANX interconnect?
9.2. How does the ENX-ANX interconnection work?
9.3. Is there any cost for a connection across the interconnect?
9.4. Why has ANX chosen become an ENX Certified Service Provider?
9.5. Which companies can I connect to using the joint network?
9.6. How long does it take to establish a connection?
9.7. My company has both ENX and ANX accesses. Should I now try to consolidate these into one?
9.8. Who shall I contact if I need to establish a connection?
9.9. When can I start using the ENX-ANX interconnect?

 

9.1. What is the benefit of the ENX-ANX interconnect?

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The ENX network consists of over 1300 accesses owned by more than 1000 individual companies, mostly in Germany, France and the rest of Europe. ANX serves more than 500 so-called Trading Partners in the US and Canada. Both networks have a strong automotive focus. With consolidation and restructuring of the global automotive industry as well as further trends towards globalisation, local sourcing and deep supply chain integration, demand for interconnection has increased strongly. The deeper partnership between ENX and ANX therefore serves the needs of the global automotive and industrial communities behind both networks.

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9.2. How does the ENX-ANX interconnection work?

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It was decided early on to use one common set of standards for all connections across networks. Given itʼs long-standing history of bringing together multiple large national carriers in Europe, ENXʼ model and set of standards was chosen as the base for cross-network communication between ENX and ANX. This means that ENX-style IPSec end- to-end tunnels are used for all connections across the interconnect. Also, certificates issued by the Germany-based ENX-CA are used to authenticate endpoints on these connections. Interconnectivity is reached by a redundant connection from ANXʼ network to two separate ENX POIs (Points of Interconnection)

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9.3. Is there any cost for a connection across the interconnect?

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It has been agreed that all ANX and ENX connected companies should be treated equal in a joint community. This means that there is no additional cost for connections across the interconnect, i.e. there are no special “ANX connection fees” for ENX users. If a customerʼs contract allows for a per-tunnel setup fee, this would also apply for tunnels to ANX trading partners. Effectively, it does not make a difference whether an ENX user connects to another ENX user or to an ANX trading partner.

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9.4. Why has ANX chosen become an ENX Certified Service Provider?

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One of the goals of the interconnection project was a very quick time to market as well as the least possible amount of change for users of both networks. As ENX already connects a group of independent service providers to each other, it was easiest to simply add ANX to the group as an ENX-CSP. This way, all proven interoperability agreements, tunnel request, provisioning and support processes remain unchanged. Furthermore, if any company on ENX has already evaluated security or service level of their ENX access, the evaluation applies to ANX interconnectivity as well, as ANX has been audited to follow security, availability and performance requirements of the ENX network.

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9.5. Which companies can I connect to using the joint network?

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By nature and design of the interconnect, all ENX users and ANX trading partners can have tunnels setup between them. The ENX Yellow Pages list all companies on both networks, with the exception of those few that have opted out.

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9.6. How long does it take to establish a connection?

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Assuming both partners agree and issue mutual and matching communication requests to their respective service providers (the existing ENX-CSP on the ENX side and ANXeBusiness acting as an ENX-CSP on the ANX side), most connections will be completed after 1-2 business days. In a few cases, such as when an existing ANX trading partner has their very first ENX tunnel setup and needs a new digital certificate for their access or when a hardware upgrade is necessary due to the larger number of tunnels, it can take slightly longer. In these cases, service providers should be able to advise of the time requirements.

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9.7. My company has both ENX and ANX accesses. Should I now try to consolidate these into one?

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This might actually depend on your IT network and connectivity strategy. It is possible however.

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9.8. Who shall I contact if I need to establish a connection?

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Please contact your ENX Certified Service Provider, or, for ANX customers, the ANXeBusiness Help Desk. Your service provider is your primary point of contact for all matters regarding your ENX connection or tunnel setup. In case of any issues with your provider, you can also contact ENX Assocation directly.

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9.9. When can I start using the ENX-ANX interconnect?

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Certification of ANX as an ENX-CSP is complete and customers in both networks can order tunnel connections now. In fact, a solid number of customers have already setup connections.

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