Atlantic IXPs marks 10 years of building network reliability and resilience in the Maritimes

Managing an internet within the Internet to improve data transit and lower costs

Halifax, NS, December 1, 2023 Today, Atlantic IXPs (AIXP), best known for managing the Internet Exchange Point networks that connect content providers, internet service providers and various organizations for the direct sharing of online traffic, celebrates the 10th anniversary of the first Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in the Maritimes. This IXP has lowered digital communications costs and improved data security for thousands of Atlantic residents and businesses.

AIXP hosts IXPs in four Atlantic Canada cities: Halifax, Saint John, Moncton and Charlottetown. They provide a meeting place for networks to peer and exchange traffic leading to lower costs and faster speeds. Exchanging traffic at a local IXP also improves data sovereignty by keeping data under Canadian law and protections.

“When the original member of AIXP, the Halifax Internet Exchange (HFXIX), was launched, there was no IXP east of Montreal. A person in Halifax who wanted to send data to a different service provider across town might have had to send it across the country or even internationally. Ten years later, we are proud of the work accomplished to support our communities,” said John Sherwood, President of the AIXP, who led the non-profit group which founded the Halifax exchange.

In 2014, CIRA provided HFXIX with a startup grant to build an ecosystem that will help make the Canadian Internet cheaper, faster, more robust and resilient. Partners followed from the province, the city of Halifax, Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia chapter of Atlantic Canada Organization of Research Networks (ACORN). It has now expanded to 19 partners.

In New Brunswick, the Moncton Internet Exchange (MonctonIX) opened in 2017 and became the second such centre in Atlantic Canada. It aligns with Moncton’s strategy of being a hub city. The Saint John Internet Exchange (SJIX), on the other end, supports growing trans-Atlantic and U.S. Eastern seaboard demand, making it a uniquely attractive location for western European customers seeking a North American presence. The Prince Edward Island Internet Exchange (PEIX) is accepting connections at the Atlantic Technology Centre.

“The AIXP has been very important to the Atlantic innovation agenda and to our collective security as we connect our communities,” said Sherwood. “Atlantic Canada is our home, and we want to see its towns, universities, people and businesses prosper with some of the best networks in the world.”

Other sponsors include Ciena, f6 Networks (now Xplore), Packet Clearing House (PCH) and the provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

About AIXP

Atlantic IXPs is a federally incorporated not-for-profit company whose mandate is to provide a meet-me point for multiple internet networks and internet service providers. Networks are able to directly connect with one another to exchange local lnternet traffic. AIXP operates four exchanges in Atlantic Canada: HFXIX, SJIX, MonctonIX, PEIX.

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Halifax Internet Exchange receives $36,771 in new funding

New national program funds projects that enhance Canada’s Internet

 HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, May 30, 2014 – The Halifax Internet Exchange (HFXIX) has received $36,771 from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) to help create a common facility in Halifax where Internet service providers, content providers, and major customers can connect their networks to each other locally for better performance and lower costs.

CIRA manages the .CA domain and also has a mandate to carry out other activities that support the Internet in Canada. Earlier this year, CIRA launched a Community Investment Program (CIP), to provide funding to community groups, not-for-profits and academic institutions for projects they could demonstrate would enhance the Internet for the benefit of all Canadians. Just over $1 million was earmarked for the first edition of the CIP.

The Halifax Internet Exchange is one of only 28 organizations to receive funding in the first edition of the CIP, from among 149 applicants. These funds will be used to acquire and install networking equipment required by HFXIX to grow the operation and to extend Internet services to local Internet service providers.

“We thank CIRA for recognizing how important our project is to Halifax and to all of Nova Scotia,” said John Sherwood, President and CEO. “We will certainly put these funds to good use and welcome the opportunity to work with CIRA again in the future on initiatives that allow Canadians to safely take advantage of all the Internet has to offer.”

“The enthusiastic response we saw from applicants across the country is evidence of CIRA’s long-standing conviction that the Internet has become a critical daily tool in the lives of all Canadians,” said Byron Holland, CEO of CIRA. “Our selection committee faced a difficult task to review and choose from among 149 applications, representing just under $8 million in requests. I want to personally congratulate Halifax Internet Exchange as one of our first funding recipients.”

The list of CIP recipients and summaries of their individual projects is available on CIRA’s website.

About Halifax Internet Exchange (HFXIX)

The Halifax Internet Exchange (HFXIX) is a federally incorporated non-profit organization that provides a neutral Internetwork location for service providers, content providers, and major clients to connect together locally. Its services help boost Internet performance and reduce costs to the benefit of the whole community.

To learn more about Halifax Internet Exchange or to arrange interviews, please contact:

John Sherwood
President & CEO

About CIRA

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) manages the .CA top-level domain, Canada’s online identifier, on behalf of all Canadians. A Member-driven organization, CIRA also facilitates the development of a better Internet for all Canadians, and represents the .CA registry internationally.

To learn more about the CIP and to arrange interviews with CIRA, please contact:

Leo Valiquette
inmedia Public Relations
(613) 769-9479