BNIX was set up by BELNET, the Belgian national research network. BELNET is a governmental organisation which offers extremely high bandwidth Internet access as well as a number of other services to research centres, educational institutions and government services. BELNET was selected because it is one of Belgium's Internet pioneers, it is a neutral provider and has the required in-house expertise. The organisation is responsible for managing BNIX and the BNIX Points of Presence (PoPs) from within its own offices.
BNIX broadened its physical infrastructure with two separate locations:
Because the physical infrastructure is split between two locations (redundancy), technical incidents remain limited.
Along with the European Internet Exchange Association (Euro-IX), BNIX aims for cooperation and information exchange between European Internet eXchanges.
BELNET decided to close the PoPs in their own offices and to outsource them to the specialist Level3 and Interxion data centres.
LCL in Diegem becomes BNIX's third geographical location in the organisation's fifteenth year. New switching equipment and increased capacity are now on stream.
BNIX currently has more than 40 participants.