The Catalunya Neutral Internet Exchange Point (CATNIX), was born in 1999 as a result of the Catalan Information Society Strategic Plan ''Catalunya en Xarxa'', a joint initiative of the Catalan Government and Localret with the aim of ''setting the bases and defining the actions for allowing Catalonia to achieve a leader position on that new Information Society''.
The agreement for its creation was signed in the April 7th, 1999 at the Pati dels Tarongers in the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya, as an initiative of the former Catalonia Supercomputing Center (CESCA) and the sponsorship of the formally known as Commissioned for the Information Society to interconnect telecommunication operators, internet suppliers and the Catalan scientific community. The main purpose is to guide the traffic of internet, so the users can have a better service by shortening the way where the information flows, since it is required (through the web, through ftp,...) until it is finally received.
CATNIX is located at the same place as CSUC, from where the commutation data and transmission services to the connected entities are managed and offered. CSUC also carries out the administrative and technical requirements that all future entities have to fulfill in order to join CATNIX.
The photo shows, from left to right, the signatories for the creation of CATNIX: Juan Puente (Internet Network Services), Roberto Bertia (Sarenet), Xavier Peiró (Catalana de Telecomunicacions SOX, Al-Pi), Salvador Martí (Menta), Miquel Barceló (Institut Català de Tecnologia), Miquel Puig (Comissionat per a la Societat de la Informació), Rafael Español (FCR and CESCA), Pablo Barrachina (Infase Comunicaciones), Marcel Coderch (Retevisión), Joris Siroo (BT Telecomunicaciones) and Tomàs Domínguez (Datagrama).