CityLink would like to announce the availability of a peering facility on
Level 48 of the Sky Tower in Auckland. This will be a neutral peering
facility using an ethernet switch supported with a local unix box and UPS.
The unix box will run mrtg for traffic statistics and NOCMON for port
monitoring. Statistics will be available to peering users on their ports
only on application.
Users will be able to establish bilateral peering arrangements or in
conjunction with users, we will establish a unilateral peering facility.
The unix box will also offer a route server and reflector along with an AS
number for users who may not currently have an AS of their own. CityLink
will also operate an independent (pre-CIDR) address space for users to use
for unilateral peering.
The facility will be managed from Wellington using CityLink's established
24x7 support facility. Local hands on support will be sub-contracted to a
Access to the facility is available for a connection fee of $750.00 + GST
and a monthly support fee of $62.50. Customer ports will be restricted to
a limited number of MAC addresses to ensure some degree of security between
CityLink is a Network Operator based in Wellington with a large IP network
based on a 40km fiber cable network. It operates the neutral Wellington
Internet Exchange with approximately 12 connected Internet Service
Providers. Its network has approximately 20 switches installed in a
distributed switching fabric.
Q1 - Why are you doing this ?
CityLink has experience in neutral switching and IX operations in high
bandwidth applications. CityLink operates a MAC based metropolitan area
network with multiple ISPs
Q2. Will there be a link between the Wellington IX and APE ?
The ISP community provides this connectivity at the present time. It is not
expected that CityLink will provide this facility.
Q3. Does this mean that CityLink will be operating a network in Auckland ?
No. We see that we can add value and experience in operating a neutral
exchange in Auckland.
Q4 - Aren't you scared of heights ?
48 Floors ? YES. Power poles ? No.
Q5 - What will be there ?
A 6 foot rack with nice gear in it. At this stage the rack has a UPS and
Unix box and a small switch. The switch will grow as traffic and port
Q6 - Where will spares be held ?
Spare and hardware service will be provided locally in Auckland.
Q7 - I want to join - How do I get signed up or find out more ?
Send email to info(a)citylink.co.nz or phone 04-917-0200
Q8 - When will the service be live ?
We expect to be installed and operating by 20 June 1999.
Q9 - What sort of switch will be in APE ?
At this stage we have a Cisco ethernet switch in the cabinet. We are
talking with other suppliers about what options are available. Our
experience is that we often grow a switch capacity as demand rises. We have
a number of switches in Wellington and swap them out as the port count
requires. (we have yet to see a bandwidth limitation)
Q10 - Why are you charging ?
We are charging on a simple cost recovery basis. We feel that if the
peering point is free then it is abused. If a charge is levied then users
will appreciate that management is applied to the exchange. CityLink is not
a huge organisation and needs to recover some of its costs. The costs
mentioned above should not be a barrier to likely user organisations.
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