Work is now underway to begin the Auckland Expansion project – codename AKL_EX22 – as it has now been officially approved by the NZIX Committee! The new point of presence, Datacom Orbit Drive, is at the sign-up and rack allocation stage, and contractors are being lined up to deliver 1x 96F MTP structured cabling to both telco rooms 1 and 2. New dark fibre paths will enter the data centre from separate entries and telco rooms to increase diversity.

The new MDR <> Datacentre220 path has been submitted to Chorus with an estimated eight-week lead time. While we patiently wait, our optical circulators (basically an external BiDi) are on order and will be ready for installation once the fibre is tested and ready for production. This will give us true physical diversity on this existing point-to-point path and will allow us to expand its capacity to 2x200G giving us 400G of available bandwidth between the sites – WOOHOO!

As most of you are aware, hardware delivery timeframes are currently unreliable with the chippaggeadon, so we’re waiting to confirm the actual dates of our 400G Muxponder+Transponder big $$ order to be delivered before locking in delivery dates for other fibre orders via Vodafone.

We hope to deliver on the project’s promises before the end of the year – a 400G redundant and diverse ring network incorporating a new point of presence, Datacom Orbit Drive, with a path forward to the 400G Switch + 800G/1.2T ring future. We will keep you all up-to-date on the progression of this project through our social media channels.

Kia Ora

Welcome. We’ve had much change in our governance since we last talked so let’s kick off with that. I’m Dave, your new Chair, not to be confused with Dave, your old Tres. Chris is now Treasurer; I’m Chair. We swapped roles – not rigged at all. I’d like to thank Chris for his years of service as our previous Chair. Tom retains Secretary finishing out an officer election as predictable as UFB throughput – sorry, Aussies!

We also welcome Jocelyn Bateman to our committee. Jocelyn brings a wealth of experience to our virtual boardroom, not least from her current Global Interconnection Strategy role for AWS. We’re extremely fortunate to get the level of expertise that comes with the many internationals on our committee. Apologies, Jocelyn, for already loading you up with many roles! We thank the outgoing committee member, Barry Murphy, for his efforts at NZIX. I’m happy to say Simon was re-elected for another term at our recent AGM.

At the AGM, we presented our financials, tech, and other general admin, and then plied all attending with booze and grub – Marketing came up with the idea.

In useful stuff, we’ve commenced our Auckland ring upgrade, which will also incorporate Datacom Orbit Drive into our blazing new 400G ring. Orbit has been a long-requested data centre missing from our footprint, so we’re excited to finally commence this project. I’m sure Aaron gained worthy life experiences from submitting 47 different technical project plans over the last few months. We’ll keep you updated via our socials on how the project advances – or doesn’t, as often is the case with fibre/DC builds.

On the day of our AGM, we held a day-long committee strategy session with separate general governance and technical sessions. This was great; after years of endless Zooms, it was fantastic to see each other face to face and discuss the challenges and growth of the IXs. What could have taken days of VCs we nutted out in a one-day session. One outcome of that session was that we should stick to our knitting, that is, building and maintaining IXs, and not carry on with our Educational ISP concept (for now, at least).

Well, that should bring you all up to speed. There will be a test at the next AGM – the winner gets a bar tab.

Nga Mihi,

Dave Mill

At last year’s AGM, Chris set a challenge for everyone to come up with ideas for investing the Society’s funds into some new initiatives. Some offered ideas straight away, with one particular idea really standing out – an educational ISP. In a nutshell, this project will create an environment where you can be shown a national New Zealand network working, be a customer of this network, go in there, change it, figure out how it works, break it, fix it and most importantly, LEARN! The educational ISP will also allow engineers to test out new technologies and features such as EVPN, segment routing, QoS and more. In the interest of the day to day running of it, we’ve thought about supplying the environment to educational institutions as a learning tool and providing guidance to them through a curriculum.

This idea is based on current issues with NZ network engineers: the lack of skill, an appropriate way of learning these important skills, learning the old ways of doing things to ensure engineers aren’t solely relying on automated systems and gender diversity. With the wide usage of the Internet, residential ISPs are no longer a feasible learning ground. In the good old days, breaking Paradise Net, Max Net, or Rural Link was the way engineers learned, and in this day in age, breaking a network and wiping people offline is a big no-no! There is also the issue of current engineers holding on to their jobs, preventing new blood from coming in, but one thing at a time – let’s start with educating the next generation!

As NZIX is in quite a neutral position between large and small industry players, we felt it was a good opportunity to build something that could neutrally benefit everyone. To achieve this vision, we’ve done a bit of homework and thought that we could use existing relationships to get cheap/free transit and IX services (we have already received some offers) and enable learners to get a Chorus connection into an NZIX lab at cost, although we are aware that we do not want to undercut our current members in a commercial sense. We’ve tossed around the idea of members needing to sponsor the person in order to access the ISP, but there are a few more ideas that we can explore in this space. We’ve started to chat with various vendors to provide switches/routers/BNGs and provide AAA containers, providing bandwidth (we’ve had some success for this one already), support, and licenses for hardware at no to low costs.

We are happy to report that we received a good amount of positive feedback at the NOG, with more offers of support from various organisations. We look forward to sharing more information with you all at the AGM.

Recently, CHC-IX has seen more content members deploy, and our traffic levels have shot up to peaks of ~14Gbps. We expect growth to continue with more content providers coming onboard, providing local access to a plethora of content so users can access their favourite content across shorter paths.

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Over the past three months, plans to build the new western path through Auckland have continued to be discussed with IAA’s Peering Engineer, Aaron, providing a detailed overview of the draft 1-2 year plan at NZNOG in May. The plan’s end goal is to have a 400G redundant and diverse ring with massively reduced single points of failure. Potential new sites include Datacom – 6 Orbit Drive, Rosedale, Auckland and CDC Hobsonville.

The 220Q site is seeing steady growth with four recent 100G orders (2x Zscaler and 2x Starlink). Our priority for this site is to insert a new 100G switch, totalling two, to terminate either end of the ring on each switch – giving us greater resiliency and members requesting multiple 100G can terminate on both switches. 

The MDR site is maintaining solid growth and port capacity is limited! In the near future, we will deploy a new 100G switch at the site as we have already installed an additional 96F structured cabling to the MOFDF.

The VDC Albany site is experiencing slower growth, and as per Vocus’ request, we are planning to migrate racks within our datahall and exit the shared rack to ensure all customers are via our structure cabling MTP system. As with 220Q, this site is also set to get another 100G switch for the AKL Expansion to ensure ring paths land on different hardware and are able to provide multi-100G to members across different switches.

The Datavault site is experiencing slower growth; however, we have recently deployed a Packet Clearing House (AS42 and AS3856) DNS server – provided by them – to help serve critical DNS infrastructure!

Check out the increase in traffic over the past two years, looking at three different graphs from the month of May.

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We’re happy to report that Wellington has been off to a great start and continues to see more peers connecting every month. We are expecting more content providers to come onboard in the next few months, and we expect to see the traffic notably increase again! We’re always keen to see more content providers onboard as they are vital to good connectivity, so if you would like to see any particular CDNs on our network, let us know at

A quick reminder that it’s free to peer on WLG-IX until Tuesday, 1 November 2022 – get in quick to make the most of the free connectivity!    

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With the closing of another financial year, we are reminded that our Annual General Meeting is drawing closer. We are yet to announce the date officially; however, we are looking at hosting a hybrid event again this year at a venue in Auckland and are planning for it to take place around mid to late July.

We can confirm there will be an election this year, with two Committee positions becoming available. One of our outgoing Committee members has confirmed they will not be seeking nomination again, so we are putting the word out early for new nominees. If you would like to give back to the Society and become part of the Committee, please keep an eye out for our communications, as they will let you know when and how to nominate yourself for a Committee position.

I am excited to report the continual growth of our newer exchanges – WLG-IX and CHC-IX – both hitting new record speeds in February. It’s great to see these regional exchanges continue to grow, and as they do so, they will have the potential to attract more local cloud infrastructure. NZIX continues to work with all types of members to encourage regional infrastructure improvements to the Internet, from sharing existing ISP caches with the IX to new cloud deployments into the regions.

In January, I announced that the committee is looking at the future strategy for the Auckland exchange fabric to allow for growth into the future, especially around 100G peering popularity. It’s important to note that we are still in the early stages, and no decisions are final yet. Still, I can share that the committee is narrowing down on plans that give us a clear path to scale up fully diverse 800G capacity between Mayoral Drive, The DataCentre (220 Queen St), Datacom Orbit and Vocus DC Albany. This plan allows us to expand as required by adding additional waves of light to a fixed, diverse fibre footprint as we grow. Hopefully, we will be able to present a concrete plan of the network design at our AGM, which is not too far away now.

Every now and again, it’s worth reminding the membership that not all members establish peering sessions with the NZIX route servers, or if they do, only announce a subset of routes via the route servers. This reminder is timely as NZIX has gained two significant new members, Packet Clearing House bringing new root DNS (in addition to Cloudflare which also brings root DNS to the IX), and Facebook/Meta. Check out their articles for more information – especially on how to peer with Facebook.

We’re keen to get your feedback about our Chorus EdgeConnect peering service. Launched back in November 2020, we created this service in collaboration with Chorus, to enable Chorus customers to communicate directly with other NZIX members on the same exchange despite a physical connection to NZIX exchange switches. The survey contains three questions and will take less than a minute to complete! Please note, the survey closes on Friday 8th April, at 5.00pm NZST.

Wellington IX continues to grow and set a new record speed of 1.8Gbps in late February! The uptake of the IX has been promising, and we’ve noticed a good amount of growth in data volume over the past four months. On Thursday 21st October 2021, the data volume was 1.20TB compared to Monday 21st February 2022, when the data volume was 6.43TB – that’s a whopping 435.83% increase!