Efforts underway to create more domestic Internet Exchange Points
OTTAWA, June 28, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (www.CIRA.ca), the organization that manages the .CA Internet domain, is embarking
on a new initiative to help create a more robust and economical
domestic Internet for all Canadians by facilitating the development of
more Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) across the country.
Many Canadians probably don't realize that much of Canada's domestic
Internet traffic flows outside of the country before eventually
reaching its destination. This is in part because Canada needs more
IXPs, large data switches that allow Internet users in the same area,
usually a large city, to connect directly with each other. An IXP
allows local network traffic to take shorter, faster paths between
member networks, improving traffic flow on major Internet backbones,
improving performance and helping to reduce network costs.
There are about 350 IXPs around the world and they have proven to be
integral to the Internet infrastructure of many nations. The U.S. has
about 85. In Canada, there are only two, notably OTTIX in Ottawa and
TORIX in Toronto.
"Canada is not keeping pace with other OECD countries," said Byron Holland, president and CEO of CIRA. "For a country such as Canada that was once a leader in the global
digital economy, this is not acceptable."
From CIRA's perspective, stakeholders in Canada's digital economy,
including network operators, Internet service providers (ISPs) and
others from the public and private sectors, should work together to
create a national IXP fabric and make the necessary infrastructure
As a not-for-profit and neutral player in Canada's Internet ecosystem,
CIRA is committed to helping make this vision a reality. CIRA's
objective is to be a catalyst that facilitates the development of a
national IXP fabric. In order to engage with interested community
members, CIRA has initiated dialogue in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton,
Winnipeg, Montreal and Halifax to help them establish or support the
expansion of six key nodes for an IXP infrastructure. These discussions
will continue in the months to come.
"We have much to gain from an improved Internet in Canada and a stronger
digital economy," Holland added. "This is about improving security,
speed and network resilience, while maximizing the amount of traffic
that stays within Canada for the benefit of all Canadians."
To view a video explaining IXPs, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5837LcDHfE&feature=player_embedded .
For more information on IXPs: http://cira.ca/news/ixp.
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority is the Member-driven
organization that manages Canada's .CA domain name registry, develops
and implements policies that support Canada's Internet community, and
represents the .CA registry internationally.
SOURCE Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)
For further information:
Communications Manager, Canadian Internet Registration Authority
(613) 237-5335 ext. 262
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