Interested in joining MBIX?  Contact network at to get started.

You’ll need to connect your network to MBIX, here’s the overview:

Interconnection Process

MBIX does not provide any co-location or networking services directly to its members. A new member should make arrangements with a co-location provider at one of the 2 MBIX locations.

Contact network at for assistance in connecting.

The connection process will consist of:

  • Determine how to connect your network to an MBIX node (167 Lombard, 294 Portage or 360 Portage)
  • Complete the new member form
  • Pay the required fees
  • Arrange with co-location provider to run a cross-connect from your equipment to the MBIX peering switch
  • Setup up BGP4 sessions for IPv4 and IPv6 with MBIX peers, especially MBIX route servers

Once your connection to the MBIX switch is complete you will be provided with subscription information to The Manitoba Internet Exchange member list. Once subscribed to this list, you will be able email other members to establish peering between routers.


There are a few technical requirements any MBIX member must have to directly use MBIX peering:

  • An ASN (Autonomous System Number)
  • IPv4 and/or IPv6 address space operated by your ASN
  • A data connection from your router to an MBIX switch

Switch Locations

Location 1 – XGSC – 167 Lombard

Colocation Provider: XGSC
Grain Exchange Building
Suite 570 – 167 Lombard Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba

49° 53′ 47.742″ N
97° 8′ 11.646″ W

MBIX peering switch is located in the co-location facilities of The Exchange Global Server Centre, located on the 5th floor of the Grain Exchange Building, a block from Portage & Main. It is 2 blocks from the CN rail mainline, and many carriers are present in the building.

Location 2 – LES.NET – 294 Portage

Colocation Provider: LES.NET – YWG2
Suite 201 – 294 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Location using OpenStreetMap

MBIX peering switch is located in the co-location facility operated by LES.NET, located on the 2nd floor of the Somerset Building.

Location 3 – MHT – 360 Portage

Colocation Provider: Manitoba Hydro Telecom
Suite 2441 – 360 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba

MBIX peering switch is located in the co-location facility operated by Manitoba Hydro Telecom, located on the 24th floor of the Hydro Building.

Location 4 – Fastnet/LES.NET  – 355 Portage

Colocation Provider: LES.NET
Cross Connects available from: Fastnet & LES.NET
Suite 825 – 355 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba

MBIX peering switch is located in the colocation facility operated by LES.NET, located on the 8th floor of the Air Canada Building.  Optical cross-connects to the switch are available from Fastnet and LES.NET.

Technical Information

MBIX is an Ethernet switching fabric, which provides a peering fabric for the exchange of IP data. We allow IPv4 and IPv6 unicast traffic. Our switching platform is built on Cisco Nexus switches.

MTU is 1500 bytes, using larger values will cause MTU mismatch between peers, which will cause problems.

Connection speeds available:

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

MBIX will supply the compatible optic for our switch.

By peering at MBIX you agree to provide routing information about your networks to other MBIX participants to facilitate traffic flows across the IX.

IP Address Allocations

Each peer is given IPv4 & 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. A member may use 2 IPv4 addresses, and IPv6 allows as many as desired.