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The Guam Internet Exchange is a virtual meeting point where Internet-enabled companies on Guam can exchange traffic between their networks.

The Internet is comprised of many independent networks of many sizes. Traffic may originate on any of these networks, and be destined for any other. Such traffic passes from one network to another at pre-arranged exchange points.

There are a relatively small number of exchange points on the Internet today. In order to exchange traffic at these points, both the sending and receiving networks are responsible for carrying data to and from the appropriate exchange point, or for paying another network to do so.

The geographical placement of these exchange points cannot be ideal for all possible cases. In fact, much of the Internet traffic passing from one Guam network to another Guam network has to be sent through the west coast of the US. The sending and receiving networks pay an unnecessary cost for this inefficient handling of data that should remain local. This inefficiency also leads to poor performance for delay-sensitive applications such as streaming media, videoconferencing, or multiplayer gaming.

The solution to this problem is the establishment of an exchange point at which all local organizations can exchange traffic on an equal basis. Participants in this exchange point reduce their costs and improve performance and reliability for their local Internet traffic.

The Guam Internet Exchange, known as GU-IX, has been established and currently hosted by Guam Cablevision. As an experienced, accomplished Internet services provider, a founding member of the APNIC, with the capacity to interconnect multiple exchange points in hardened facilities around the island, makes MCV an ideal sponsor.

The exchange point is open to all organizations that have some form of dedicated full-time Internet connectivity.

 

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