Yesterday the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced that Australian telcos, Telstra, Optus and TPG have published peering policies under which they will consider peering arrangements.

As operators of Australia’s largest independent peering network, IX Australia, the Internet Association of Australia (IAA) are pleased to see progress towards a more open and transparent peering community in Australia.

“This is a significant first step for Australian telcos,” said IAA Chair David Hooton. “We congratulate Telstra, Optus and TPG for making these policies publicly available and moving towards a more open and transparent approach to carrier interconnection in Australia.”

“It is encouraging to see that Telstra and Vocus have already successfully engaged in a peering relationship, and we hope this is the first of many peering relationships we’ll see.”

IX Australia began in 1996 with a peering exchange in Western Australia (WA-IX), and over two decades has grown to a network of five exchanges with a presence in more than 33 datacentres across Australia.

“IAA promotes peering between networks of all sizes. The continued growth of the IX Australia network over the past two decades is a reflection of our success in bringing networks of all sizes closer together through peering,” said Hooton

“We will continue to grow our network to meet the meets of and provide benefits to our members peering with IX Australia.”

For more information on peering on the IX Australia network, please contact our peering team on or phone 1300 793 320 or visit

Read more from the ACCC here

You can access the publicly available peering policies below