Voyager has provisionally joined Iconz, ProNet (Iprolink) and KCCS in their Internet exchange project, whilst reserving its right to stick with cheaper international bandwidth deals than the new collective has yet been able to negotiate.
International bandwidth is, however, just one aspect of the new alliance, which aims to share costs in establishing fast, low-cost links between member ISPs, at first in Auckland and then in other centres--where the three founding ISPs have about two dozen downstream ISP customers already.
A press release from the new group says "the aim is to create an Internet loop independent of the telcos forever". ProNet and Iconz have already been interconnecting with a 128kbit/s Centrex ISDN circuit, with KCCS joining last week. The release says "plans are underway to use a variety of high-speed microwave, radio and laser communications, all of which these three ISPs are currently using very successfully for the transfer of IP traffic to various client sites. The association will focus on these technologies rather than traditional leased line circuits supplied by Telecom and Clear for reasons both of cost and efficiency.
"ISPs in Auckland will be able to arbitrate their data traffic into several larger data circuits which can be brought from competitive offshore suppliers, as opposed to the connections which ISPs currently must purchase from the local telcos.
"While the physical location of the exchange is yet to be determined, it is expected to become a major interchange point for all Auckland IP and ultimately nationwide data traffic. A high bandwidth interconnect backbone for the entire country is expected."