Packet Clearing House live at MBIX

Packet Clearing House has brought up BGP sessions with the MBIX route servers.  They are our newest member to join, operating two ASes, 42 and 3856.

They operate many services, but a major one they operate out of AS42 anycast DNS service for many country-code top level domains, including .ca.  Here is a traceroute showing the path from a server hosted at member LES.NET to one of the .CA master servers:

reaper@tyr:~ > traceroute -6
traceroute to (2001:500:83::1), 30 hops max, 80 byte packets
1 (2605:e200:2:2::1)  1.399 ms  1.400 ms  1.440 ms
2 (2001:504:26::42:1)  0.730 ms  0.719 ms  0.759 ms
3 (2001:500:83::1)  0.817 ms  0.776 ms  0.771 ms

That’s very fast!

PCH also does route collection and analytics from AS3856, and we hope to have data from that in the coming weeks.

IPv6 Live at MBIX

Since MBIX turned on, we have said that IPv6 was merely in testing. We are now ready to call our IPv6 services production-ready.

Primarily, that means that our two route servers are working on IPv6, and are properly configured.

They can be found at 2001:504:26::1:6395:11 and :12. We currently have BGP sessions up with, and VOI in addition to MBIX itself.

We encourage all connected networks to run dual stack of IPv4 and IPv6. We can also help with questions about how IPv6 devices should be configured, so please be bold. The MBIX-tech mailing list might be the best place to ask.

Finally, thanks to for proving MBIX (AS16395) with free IPv6 transit, over the exchange fabric.

Articles on MBIX

A Winnipeg Free Press article written by Martin Cash in the Thursday September 26th Business section.

An article by Brian Jackson published September 30th.

Launch Party and AGM Press Release

Winnipeg added to Canada’s network of Internet Exchange Points

Public invited to MBIX’s first-ever Annual General Meeting

Winnipeg – September 24, 2013 – A coalition of community partners and the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (, will launch Canada’s newest Internet exchange point (IXP) in Winnipeg on September 25, 2013. The establishment of the Manitoba Internet Exchange (MBIX) represents another key step toward creating a more robust domestic Internet for Canada.

Over the past two years, CIRA has been working closely with interested community members in major cities across Canada to support the creation of an expanded IXP infrastructure. In April 2013, the Montreal Internet Exchange was launched in Montreal, a direct result of CIRA’s initiative.

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