IXPs and Community Network -- an i-CANADA Teleforum: Register Today
January 27, 2012

On Thursday, February 2, at 11:00 a.m. EST an i-CANADA TeleForum will be held on Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), key regional elements in the Internet's infrastructure. IXPs allow organizations to come together and exchange their network traffic directly ('peering') instead of transmitting data through third-party networks ('transit'). The key upside is that peering is traditionally free while transit is paid.

There are other benefits to an IXP besides reduced transit costs: network performance improves because peering traffic follows a shorter path from source to destination. Peering also improves network redundancy. If transit connectivity fails, peering traffic is unaffected and an organization can potentially reroute all its traffic through the IXP.

Early IXPs were founded by Internet service providers. However, a variety of organizations and companies are now moving large amounts of data over the Internet. IXPs around the world count the following types of organizations as peering members: content delivery networks, search engines, telecommunications service providers, enterprises, government, post-secondary institutions, research networks, and dedicated hosting companies. IXPs need to be neutral, and for that reason many are not-for-profit associations operated by their members.

In this i-CANADA TeleForum three experts on IXPs will share their knowledge:

Bill St. Arnaud:
Feature commentator Bill St. Arnaud is one of the most prominent contributors to the evolution of communications in Canada. Former Chief Research Officer at CANARIE, Bill is a R&E Network and Green IT consultant who works with clients on a variety of subjects such as the next generation research and education, and Internet networks. He also works with clients to develop practical solutions to reduce GHG emissions such as free broadband and electrical highways (see http://green-broadband.blogspot.com/). Bill will be reporting on the findings of a recent IXP conference in the U.S.

Douglas Bower:
Douglas Bower is Manager, E-Business, Entrepreneurship Branch, at Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development & Innovation. The E-Business unit promotes ICT adoption by small business, and also works with other Ontario ministries to develop and implement broadband programs that address the need for basic high-speed Internet service across the province. Recently, Doug’s attention has focussed on how to promote the delivery of fibre-based ultra-high speed service (over 100 Mbps) by Ontario’s range of private and public sector telecom providers. He believes that developing new IXPs and strengthening community networks are two examples of shared broadband infrastructure initiatives that could facilitate ultra-high speed Internet service in the coming decade.

Rick Adams:
Rick Adams is Manager, ICT, for the City of Coquitlam. Coquitlam’s Information and Communications Technology department provides services to approximately 600 staff in 15 different facilities. The City operates two state-of-the-art fibre connected data centre facilities allowing for highly resilient, virtualized data and communications systems. Core technologies include Avaya/Nortel network & VOIP, IBM Unix, Windows server and Oracle database. Rick is in charge of Coquitlam’s Optical Network Corporation, QNet, one of Canada’s first open-access fibre optic networks. In order to enable the delivery of competitive high speed telecom services in Coquitlam, QNet is currently in the process of installing a fibre optic connection to the Vancouver Internet Exchange.

++ Action Item: How do I sign up?

Register by email request to eboucher@cata.ca

Please note that spots on this call are limited.

Your local call in number and access code will be sent to you via email.

Service fee: please note that the Call-in Registration fee is $40 plus hst; IXP Task Force members (no charge). Fees are reinvested in our Innovation Nation research programs.