At 10:30 PM +1200 28/3/01, Mark Davies wrote:
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
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
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
8088 wasn't it?
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.
And of course slightly prior to that was the SPEARNET stuff, using
PACNET (X.25) and the JANET Coloured Book protocols. The PACNET costs
limited the usefulness. I think that was originally at 2400bps! It
later went to 9600. Earlier still, starting in 1981, Auckland and VUW
had a BITNET link between their IBM mainframes (midis really) over a
4800bps leased line. Fine for email etc. This linked into SPEARNET
later, and subsequentially into the uucp link to Comp Sci and later
the Internet. My whois handle in rfc1166 (back in the days when you
could list the Internet in a single RFC) refers to the host
rs1.vuw.ac.nz which was in fact the upgraded IBM mainframe.
There was stuff before that, including the Massey-VUW link in the mid
1970's (Kiwinet as I recall). We reused the modems from that on the
Most of us involved from those days are still around, many on this list.
Michael Newbery Technical Specialist TelstraSaturn Limited
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