Gig-IX is a carrier-neutral initiative which seeks to improve Internet performance in under-served regions. Gig-IX operates a number of connection points (PoPs) around the world which improves local and regional connectivity for all participating networks. From a technical perspective, each Gig-IX PoP can be thought of as a separate IXP - they are not interconnected and each will likely have a different set of connected networks. From an administrative perspective the sharing of resources, common management team and brand-recognition allows individual PoPs to operate with a much smaller overhead, enabling lower costs for members and more investment in infrastructure.
While many Internet Exchanges charge handsomely for port fees, we at Gig-IX firmly believe in keeping ports free or delivered 'at-cost.' All of our Gig-IX locations offer 1 gigabit copper ports for free and gig (or faster) fiber ports for a very reasonable (usually one-time) fee. By keeping port fees low, more networks are incintivized to participate, which in turns grows the size of the PoP, to the benefit of all participants. For more on our port costs or to request a connection please visit our contact page
At this time (late 2019), Gig-IX is wholly owned by Free Range Cloud Hosting Inc (freerangecloud.com). As our endevour becomes more popular we hope to bring more sponsors and networks on board to fill out the administrative team, however, in the event we cannot find other entities willing to help us manage the IXP, Free Range Cloud Hosting Inc remains commited to keeping the project going and the infrastructure online.