Developments in the market, particularly the wider availability of fibre connections, have persuaded Radio NZ to consider re-examining its ISP options. The company is also looking at bringing the hosting of its websites in-house to its Auckland and Wellington central offices.
Radio NZ last went to tender for such services in 2005. “That should give you an idea of how much progress there has been [in the interim],” says webmaster Richard Hulse.
Current service providers are Iconz and Citylink, but both RNZ buildings have suitable suites equipped with uninterruptible power supplies to provide in-house datacentres, Hulse says.
The broadcaster is asking for 1Gbps connectivity at both sites. “Under normal circumstances, RNZ has a daily average/peak of 30/50Mbps domestically, and 6/8Mbps internationally,” says a request for expression of interest (EoI). However, “periods of high demand can arise at any time as a result of natural disasters or large newsworthy events.
“During periods of high interest, domestic demand can increase 20 times and international demand 50 times. Therefore, it is essential that the service provider include a burst facility in their offering, perhaps by a 95 percent billing model (or similar),” RNZ says.
Only the EoI has been issued so far, and no commitment has been given to proceed further. All-of-government syndicated procurement plans coordinated by the Department of Internal Affairs, particularly recent and anticipated requests for proposals for web services, may suggest an alternative solution, Hulse says. If RNZ does proceed with the plan outlined in the EoI, a staged plan of relocation could start in as little as two months.