From: Geoff Huston <gih(a)telstra.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2001 17:50:40 +1000
Just a quick note from the other side of the Tasman -
the earliest efforts
appeared to be at the Victoria University, Wellington, where the Computer
Science Department operated a modem-based trans-Tasman messaging service
through the eighties - I'm not sure whether the link used the uunet
protocols or the acsnet protocols, but I'm not sure thats all that
relevant. It linked up to a comparable Computer Science messaging network
It was ACSnet to melbourne as well as uucp to Calgary and to uunet (actually it
was initially seismo back in the pre uunet days). There was even a short
period when email between here and canterbury went via calgary.
The first link was, as I recall, a 14.4Kbps analog
connection, installed in late 88 (or thereabouts) with NASA and NZ
And the first NZ IP link out of Waikato was a slip link between here and there
running over the DSIR's internal serial network with an 8086 based PCrouter at
each end. That link ran at 9.6K though the DSIR constrained it to only 4.8K.
That was quickly followed by a similar link from here to Massey.
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