YYCIX - an internet exchange for Calgary

What is an Internet Exchange?

An IX (Internet Exchange) allows networks to interconnect on an open-access ethernet fabric -- providing low-latency, high-bandwidth, cost-effectively, in a locale.

What is the benefit?

Networks can exchange traffic faster and better. ISPs, transit providers, DNS services, and content networks will congregate -- it is sensible to interconnect locally.

How is traffic exchanged?

Traffic exchange is facilitated by BGP (Border Gateway Protocol). Networks must have an AS (Autonomous System) number to announce their routes to each other. A looking glass shows the routes carried.

Where is YYCIX?

YYCIX switches are at Arrow Calgary, City Hall, DataHive, Q9-530, Rogers DC2, Shaw/Flexential -- see Locations for more info.

How much does it cost?

Connecting at the locations is subject to agreements with the facilities, but participation is free. YYCIX was built with donations and is operated by volunteers. Please consider contributing hardware or money.

How do we join?

Please read the FAQ and if this is suitable extend your network into a YYCIX location and we will connect you. Please direct questions to peering@yycix.ca. Inquiries will be held confidential.