Paradise users won't be stung for international traffic in peering dispute

TelstraClear customers who view websites hosted on ICONZ's servers won't be charged international traffic rates no matter how the content is delivered, says TelstraClear's public affairs manager Mathew Bolland.

TelstraClear customers who view websites hosted on ICONZ's servers won't be charged international traffic rates no matter how the content is delivered, says TelstraClear's public affairs manager Mathew Bolland.

TelstraClear has stopped peering with Auckland-based ICONZ, meaning traffic to and from the ICONZ servers to TelstraClear customers has been travelling via Sydney.

TelstraClear customers using Paradise.Net's cable network pay more for international traffic than they do for national, however Bolland says they won't be affected by the current stoush.

"It doesn't matter how we deliver the traffic, they won't be paying extra for it."

ICONZ general manager Sean Weekes says he hopes to discuss the ongoing issue with TelstraClear before the end of the week.

"We are in dispute with TelstraClear over money they claim is owed to them and I hope to sort that out later this week."

Yesterday, TelstraClear claimed ICONZ only received free local peering, or traffic exchange as TelstraClear terms it, because the ISP was buying national or international traffic from the telco. Weekes says this is not the case.

"We've been peering with TelstraClear for a long time - long before we bought bandwidth from them." Weekes says contracts between TelstraClear and ICONZ make no mention of peering or traffic exchange.

"I'll be bringing that up with TelstraClear as well."

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