About the Manitoba Internet Exchange

The Manitoba Internet Exchange is a not-for-profit corporation mandated to act as a junction between multiple IP networks. Its members are able to directly connect with one another over an unmetered ethernet connection, to exchange local Internet traffic. The Manitoba Internet Exchange owns and operates the ethernet switching platform used to interconnect member networks.

We currently operate a Cisco Nexus 7004, capable of handling a terabit per second of traffic.

Location 1

Colo Provider: Global Server Centre
Grain Exchange Building
Suite 570 – 167 Lombard Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
CANADA

49° 53′ 47.742″ N
97° 8′ 11.646″ W

The peering switch is located in the colocation facilities of The Exchange Global Server Centre, located on the 5th floor of the Grain Exchange Building, a block from Portage & Main. We are a block from the CN mainline, and many carriers are present in the building.

Location 2

Colo Provider: Les.net YWG2
Suite 201- 294 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
CANADA

Technical Information

MBIX is an ethernet switch fabric, which provides a peering fabric for the exchange of IP data. We allow IPv4 and IPv6 unicast traffic. Our switching platform is a Cisco Nexus 7004 with an extension 2232PP FEX at Location 2. MTU is 9216.

Connection speeds available:

  • 100 Mbps – 100BASE-TX copper
  • 1 Gbps – 1000BASE-T copper or 1000BASE-LH Single-Mode Fiber
  • 10 Gbps – 10GBASE-LR Single-Mode Fiber

Members may provide their own optics using Cisco-compatible SFP and SFP+ modules.

Connected Members must have an AS number, and IP address space to announce. As a member of the Manitoba Internet Exchange you will peer with other members using BGP4+.

By peering at the Exchange you agree to provide routing information about your networks to other Exchange participants to optimise traffic flows across the Exchange.

IP Address Allocations

Each peer is given one IPv4 address and IPv6 addresses as desired to use on the exchange. This allocation will be done as part of the connection process and posted on our peer list.

Interconnecting Process

If members wish to have powered equipment present at the Grain Exchange Building (167 Lombard), they must make their own arrangements with a colocation provider. We will provide a list of providers soon.

We are ready to connect any interested party now, and will be posting more technical information soon. Please contact network at mbix.ca for assistance in connecting.

The connection process will consist of

    • Determining how to get your network into MBIX, 5th floor Grain Exchange Building, 167 Lombard Ave (we have a meet-me room on the 8th floor with no monthly fees)
    • Paying the required fees
    • Physically connecting to the peering switch
    • Setting up BGP4 sessions for IPv4 and IPv6 with the other peers, especially our route servers

If you would like assistance in the setup process, please email network at mbix.ca.

Once your interconnection is complete you will be provided with an IP address as well as subscription information to The Manitoba Internet Exchange member list. Once subscribed to this list, you will be able establish your peering arrangements.

Volunteers

Technicians

  • Jonathan Stewart, Les.Net
  • Theo Baschak, DDS
  • Bill Reid

Network Administrator

Bookkeeper

  • Otgonbold (Obi) Nasanjargal, CPA, CGA

Technical Advisory Committee

  • Grant Anderson
  • Rock Chantigny
  • Ron Dallmeier
  • Jacques Latour
  • Sergi Polischuk
  • Bill Reid
  • Jonathan Stewart
  • Adam Thompson
  • Sean Walberg