IAA is pleased to announce the appointment of consultant Narelle Clark in a temporary 6-month role as General Manager of the Association, advising on our business and member engagement plans.

Many of our members will know Narelle as a data comms engineer with a strong focus on policy having worked in AARNet in its early days, Optus, CSIRO, the Internet Society and ACCAN.

Narelle has deep expertise in the internet and broader telecommunications industry and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Association through her many roles with the major telcos, research agencies and consumer bodies, as well as a leadership and governance background in the not-for-profit sector.

IAA Chair David Hooton sees Narelle’s appointment as a great opportunity for the Association.

“The IAA Board is delighted that Narelle has accepted this role and is looking forward to working together over the coming months,” explains David.

“Narelle’s extensive experience in the industry will be invaluable as she helps us complete our 2019/2020 strategic planning process.”

Narelle is currently the Principal Consultant with Pavonis where she advises companies in telecommunications regulation, operations and technology. She has sat on several industry-related boards and working groups as a consumer representative and is a sitting member of auDA’s Policy Review Panel, reviewing all policies that govern .au. Narelle also holds a seat on the board of the Public Interest Registry which operates the .org top-level domain.

Registrations are now open for APRICOT 2020 in Melbourne. As the host of next year’s event, IAA is offering its members discounted registration to attend the workshops and conference.

The Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies (APRICOT) is considered the largest technical conference in the region, bringing together internet engineers, networking experts, business leaders and government representatives from around the world.

Providing valuable opportunities for all participants to contribute to discussions on the latest operations, technologies and developments in the industry, APRICOT will also offer social and professional networking opportunities with like-minded peers.

It would be great to see our members join us at this event to take advantage of these opportunities here in Australia.

Call for Papers is also currently open and closes on 20 January 2020.

APRICOT 2020 will be held at Crown Promenade Melbourne. The workshops will run from 12-16 February 2020 and the conference from 18-21 February 2020.

Click here to register, adding the promotional code IAAMEMBER to receive the discounted rate. The code will need to be inputted on the payment page.

Follow our social media pages or join IAA’s APRICOT 2020 mailing list here to receive notifications.

At IAAs AGM in August, the Association announced it would be releasing Virtual Peering Ports in Q4 of this year, however, due to recent circumstances, all projects were temporarily suspended.

IAA, through its peering fabric IX Australia, is now ready to conduct an open beta of the VPP product and consult members and possible users of the product to determine the best construct.

To use a VPP, members will be able to order the 100M or 1G service delivered over their current infrastructure port, on a VLAN tag of their choice. Billing will be to the owner of the port with the aim of allowing members to sell peering as a service to downstream customers over their own infrastructure.

Downstream peering customers will still need to have their own NIC resources, essentially their own ASN and address space. A NOC contact at the downstream peer will still be required and BGP support queries can be sent directly to IX Australia by those contacts.

As indicated, the downstream customer will be able to use their own ASN and address space, which is also a qualification to use a VPP. NIC resources must be valid.

The 100M and 1G limits are specifically designed to allow IAA to provide a migration path for the downstream customer to matriculate to be a full member.

At this stage, prices are likely to be $30 and $90 ex GST, monthly per VPP. Price consultation and feedback will form part of this open beta process.

Suggested uses cases:

  • National Network Operator – blend your own peering to supplement transit, OR:  deliver peering ports from IX Australia sites in QLD, NSW, VIC, ACT, SA, WA and soon TAS.
  • Hosting Provider – a large content client has their own APNIC resources, wants to multi-home, order a VPP into the local IX to allow them to peer.
  • International Telco – using the local peering port as an NNI between internal clients and a local IX Australia POP.
  • MSP/Wholesale ISP – take out a large port on the IX for the prime purpose of providing enterprise customers access to peering, especially to MICROSOFT, GOOGLE and AWS cloud.

For more information on the consultation process or to indicate an EOI in VPP email peering@ix.asn.au