Welcome to NZIX, Facebook! With local access to Facebook, users can enjoy scrolling through their news feed with less lag! If you would like to establish a bilateral agreement with them, please note that Peering DB states they are not on the route servers, and you will need to reach out using Peering DB contacts https://www.facebook.com/peering/. A little tip, when signing up to peer with Facebook, you cannot be logged in to Facebook – does that seem a little ‘fight club’ to you? You may want to use incognito mode.

We are once again proudly sponsoring NZNOG! This annual conference is vital to the internet community in New Zealand and is highly regarded for bringing the community together and providing valuable content.

We hoped this year’s NOG would run from Wednesday 26th to Friday 28th January 2022; however, due to the recent change in our alert level, the NOG has announced the conference will be postponed to the backup dates in May 2022. Please see their website for more details.

If the NOG goes ahead in May, we encourage members to come along as the conference is a great place to exchange technical information and network with others in the Internet and Online Services areas.

In the meantime, you will all have to wait to get your hands on some of our great swag, including our new hoodie and thermal drink bottles!

With a record-breaking year in 2021, we thought AKL-IX needed a new PoP! New locations are yet to be determined; however, we would like members’ input regarding the new location.

The current areas of interest are: North Shore,

If you have a preferred location in Auckland, please get in contact with us at peering@ix.nz

Once all member responses have been received, we can get the ball rolling.

Starting with the soft launch on Friday 1st October 2021, followed by the beginning of the twelve-month free period, the new Wellington IX has been off to a great start! With two PoP’s located at Xtreme DC and Spark Wellington Central Exchange, the IX set a record of 1.5Gbps of traffic.

We look forward to seeing the continued growth of the IX, so If you or someone you know would like to get connected in Wellington, please get in touch with us at peering@ix.nz

Last year the network had a workout smashing previous records on both AKL-IX and CHC-IX. Our network ran seamlessly with many people working from home; keeping people and businesses connected.

Auckland hit a max speed of 361.1Gbps on Monday 23rd August 2021, followed by Christchurch hitting a max speed of 9.4Gbps on Monday 30th August 2021. Joining the network in October, WLG-IX set a record speed of 1.5Gbps on Tuesday 28th December 2021.




It’s more great news for NZIX members!

Our engineers have made some adjustments to the Route Servers across the network and are now permitting third party content caches supplied by other members via BGP communities.

If your network wants to offer content caches on the IX get in touch with us at peering@ix.nz!

To start things off we welcome the following third-party content cache but we need your help to grow this list!:

  • CHC-IX: Netflix via VocusGroup New Zealand (AS9790) – use the community 63830:40027

As a Christmas present our member Trustpower started announcing their Auckland Steam cache for all Members on AKL-IX to enjoy instead of opt-in communities!  Big thanks to Trustpower for letting all peers of AKL-IX to enjoy speedy Steam downloads!

To ensure you are getting the most out of the IX, please see the peering technical page for the list of community strings supported by NZIX.

During the month of August, as lockdown commenced, the traffic through the exchanges started soaring. Incredibly, both AKL-IX and CHC-IX hit new records, with AKL-IX peaking at 341Gbps with plenty of room to spare.

The peaks have continued throughout lockdown, with weekday highs ranging between low to mid 300Gbps. We could not be more proud of our network as it continues to carry that amount of traffic without breaking a sweat!

Earlier this month, as a thank you to all our fantastic members, we sent out our custom NZIX masks. With the recent mask mandates here in New Zealand, your mask will definitely be put to good use. Made from milk fibre and cotton material with PM2.5 filters, they are comfortable, breathable, and definitely one of the better-looking masks out there!

If any of our members would like additional masks, please email us and we’ll see what we can do.

We hope you enjoy your mask (but not for too long!), and if you feel like sharing, take a mask mugshot and send it in to us at admin@ix.nz

The plan to launch the much-anticipated WLG-IX was unfortunately pushed back due to lockdown restrictions affecting important work needed to get the new IX up and running. We would thank all the members who have pre-ordered their services and are now waiting patiently for the impending launch.

We are pleased to announce the soft launch of WLG-IX on Friday, October 1, 2021, and advise that we will be accepting cross connect orders from this date. The twelve-month free period will commence shortly after on Monday, November 1, 2021.

We would like to remind all members that you can pre-order your services through the members portal, or if you would like to speak with one of our team to find out more, please get in touch with us at peering@ix.nz

After the last NZIX AGM, our membership discussed a decline of incoming talent and an aging incumbent population. It was noted that the membership believed tertiary education institutions were not currently teaching the skills needed for the field, and historically, people learned by making mistakes on residential ISP’s. Unfortunately, the tolerance around faults has reduced in recent years, and all ISP’s, residential and business alike, strive for the best uptimes.

NZIX finds itself in an interesting position as a well-connected organisation within New Zealand with relationships with some LFC’s, many RSP’s as well as some CDN’s/Clouds, as well as being a neutral not-for-profit with capital to invest in initiatives that will better New Zealand’s Internet.

We are proposing to build an educational environment connected to actual, full table transit, real Internet Exchanges, and participating LFC’s. Users of the environment will be able to deploy switches, routers, and Linux containers to construct a working ISP. Further, users will be able to connect to VISP at their homes/offices using standard UFB connections as ‘customers’ of the ISP they build or adapt.

The initial target of the educational environment is the NZIX membership, with longer-term potential relationships being developed with tertiary education providers. If all goes well, we could also extend the learning to high school students online or within schools via the NZCA unit standard.

We are very excited about this prospective project and what this would mean for the future of our Internet; however, please keep in mind that we are in the beginning stages of speaking with vendors and testing the general viability of the project. Rest assured, we will keep you up-to-date with the project as developments happen.