This month our newsletter announces a new collaboration with PCCW and we celebrate the success of APRICOT 2020

Read our February 2020 newsletter here.

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Read our October 2019 newsletter here.


IAA’s is undertaking steps to gain Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) as part of its efforts to run a secure IXP.

MANRS is a global initiative that provides crucial fixes to reduce the most common routing threats. Whilst initially designed for network operators, IXP’s play an active role in protecting the Internet and represent active communities as well as working to ensure a secure Internet infrastructure.

IAA Is working towards IXPP status. To achieve this, it must demonstrate commitment by implementing the IXP Programme Actions.

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IAA have fulfilled our hosting duties of APRICOT 2020 and would like to thank everyone who attended the event at Melbourne’s Crown Promenade.

Despite travel restrictions caused by COVID-19, APRICOT 2020 still attracted over 560 people, from 59 economies.

With five days of workshops and over 50 presentation sessions during conference week, the IAA team worked tirelessly to ensure the smooth running of the network. At times during the fortnight, there were over 1000 devices connected to the wi-fi simultaneously.

APRICOT founder and ICANN CTO David Conrad opened the conference with a look back at the last 25 years of the event and a look forward to the future. Other keynote speakers included Professor Mark Gregory from RMIT University’s School of Engineering and ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science’s Associate Professor Hanna Suominen. To listen to these presentations or other sessions from the conference visit APNIC’s Youtube channel

The 3rd APNIC Hackathon took place during APRICOT, with the emphasis being on teamwork and cooperation. The theme for this year’s Hackathon was “Network Tools”. We would like to congratulate IAA’s peering engineer, Nick Pratley, who with his team won this year’s event. Nick’s team was tasked with creating automation modules for router configuration good practice and bogons. Well done Nick!

IAA General Manager Narelle Clark facilitated APRICOT’s Tech Girls social, which brought together 60 women (and a few male participants) to share their stories and experiences in ICT. Whilst the session was not restricted to women, it was a fantastic opportunity for those in attendance to understand they are not alone and have a purpose within the Internet community. Narelle was joined by Noraini Ayop from Microsoft and Merike Kaeo from Double Shot Security who spoke about their careers and how they saw the industry from a female perspective.

The 25th anniversary of APRICOT was celebrated at socials in locations across the city. Storms didn’t deter conference goers attending the opening social at Melbourne Town Hall, sponsored by IAA, where we were treated to a cultural performance by the Djiri Djiri dance group and got up close and personal to a variety of native animals.

The success of APRICOT’s 25 years promoting Internet technology and operations across the Asia Pacific region was marked at a formal dinner at the stunning Plaza Ballroom, with entertainment by local band, Chunky Jam, who got everyone up dancing late into the evening.

To see the official APRICOT 2020 photos click here.

We hope you enjoyed APRICOT 2020 as much as we did and found it a valuable experience. Our sofa was a hit with those at the conference, as were the IAA beanies, thanks to Melbourne’s weather.

IAA members will now be able to expand their network connections into over 40 countries following the establishment of interconnect API with PCCW Global.

PCCW Global are the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider. PCCW has an extensive global network footprint, with points of presence worldwide and interconnections directly with key cloud, IX, IoT and SaaS partners, all of whom are accessible and available via the platform.

Through the new collaboration, customers of either IAA’s peering fabric, IX Australia or PCCW Global’s Console Connect SDI® platform will be able to access all network services on either carrier or fabric through their respective online portals.

“IAA is committed to the development and growth of the industry, both within Australia and internationally,” explains IAA Chair, David Hooton.

“Collaborating with PCCW Global on a project like this is beneficial to our members and the wider Internet community as it removes connection complexity, allowing opportunities to readily expand for global reach. This enables our members to deliver a tremendous expansion of services both into and out of Australia.”

The Console Connect is one of the largest Software Defined Interconnect platforms, spanning over 128 data centres across the globe, with that number continuing to grow. Once connected, IAA members can provision on-demand connectivity between key data centres, partners and all major cloud on-ramp operators, including AWS Direct Connect, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud, Google Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, Tencent Cloud and NAVER Business Platform. They can also directly connect with other key IX operators in Europe and the United States who are already on the platform, including players such as DE-CIX.

IAA members wanting to sign up for Console Connect must create a log in on the Console Connect website and request a connection via the portal.

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