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Data centre Purecolo has made an agreement with Ottawa-Gatineau Internet Exchange (OGIX) to house an Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in the nation’s capital.

An IXP is a hub that helps companies, service providers and other stakeholders improve internet speeds and keep traffic local. Ottawa doesn’t have one – but soon, it could have two.

OGIX, which includes representatives from Invest Ottawa, the Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN), local ISPs and the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, has been lobbying for an Ottawa IXP, which stakeholders say will be necessary for enabling smart-city technology and, eventually, autonomous vehicles.

OGIX is in talks with Fibre Centre to develop another IXP location downtown on Michael Street.

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