Auckland cuts Waikato Net gate ties

An Auckland Internet exchange which will optimise Net traffic around the city launches next week. The exchange, managed by Wellington's CityLink, will save traffic between Auckland ISPs from having to be routed via the NZGate exchange at Waikato University.

An Auckland Internet exchange which will optimise Net traffic around the city launches next week.

The exchange will save traffic between Auckland Internet service providers from having to be routed via the New Zealand Gate exchange at Waikato University.

Wellington network provider CityLink will manage the APE (Auckland peering exchange) which is based on level 48 of Auckland’s Sky Tower and is due to go live on June 20.

CityLink, which operates a 40km fibre-optic based IP network in Wellington, already manages a Wellington Internet Exchange which has 12 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) connected. CityLink took on the management and support role for the APE because of its experience in neutral switching and Internet exchange operations but it does not plan to operate a network in Auckland. An Auckland supplier will be sub-contracted to provide hands-on local support.

The new Auckland exchange will use a Cisco ethernet switch with a Unix server and a power supply that cannot be interrupted. The Unix box will run multi router traffic grapher (MRTG) for traffic statistics and ISP’s using the exchange will have to apply for statistics on their ports.

Connection fee to the exchange will be $750 (ex GST) with a monthly support fee of $62.50.

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