The Committee of the New Zealand Internet Exchange Inc will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 17 June, from 5pm (NZST).

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions this year’s event will be conducted online, via Zoom (Video Conference).

Being on the New Zealand Internet Exchange Committee is a great way to get involved and give back to both the Society and to the internet community. The NZIX Committee has called for nominees to fill three positions of four-year terms on the committee. More information about the nomination process and eligibility is available on the NZIX website.

Registration is open and members can register via the NZIX Members Portal. Additional guests can register by being added as a contact within your member account. Non-members can register by emailing admin@nz.ix

We look forward to seeing you at the 2020 NZIX Annual General Meeting.

Many of you will have received notification already or may have seen recent articles in the media announcing the news that the Association has appointed Narelle Clark as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Narelle had been contracting as General Manager for the Association since October 2019 and was successful in securing the CEO role after an extensive search was undertaken.

“Internet exchanges are proven to be a vital part of a reliable, affordable internet, so I am absolutely thrilled to take on this position,” said Ms Clark.

“IAA’s infrastructure is second to none, with the widest number of points of presence, the most extensive content arrangements and a member base that spans all parts of Australia’s Internet. Without the collaboration between builders, content and service providers Australians would not have enjoyed the level of Internet performance during lockdown we have seen.”

The newly established position will be responsible for driving both the technical and membership services sides of the Association, continuing to execute the 2020 strategic plan and build on our reputation for peering excellence.

“The high regard with which Narelle is held across the industry means our internet exchange operations will continue to grow and deliver across Australia and New Zealand, while we increase our work in member services and the Internet policy arena,” explains IAA Chair, David Hooton.

Narelle’s background is as a data comms engineer with a strong focus on policy. She comes to the Association with a career across the internet and telecommunications industry in Australia and internationally, having undertaken senior roles in a range of service providers, not-for profit organisations and policy and standards working groups. She has held prominent industry roles with CSIRO, Optus, the Public Interest Registry (operator of .Org), and ACCAN, and consulted to Telecom New Zealand, government departments and telecommunications and content providers.

Please join us in welcoming Narelle on board. Why not join her and the team at our online event?

The technical team have not been quiet during the lockdown. After some considerable effort, we now have fully automated updates to the peering DNS records, for both forward and reverse lookup zones, across all IX Australia exchanges.

Peering IP addresses can be queried as, “as10084.nsw.ix.asn.au”, and reverse DNS entries can be queried as “200.52.100.218.in-addr.arpa”.

This also means that traceroutes which traverse an IX Australia peering connection will display the correct AS information.

For more information email peering@ix.asn.au

IAA is kicking off its online event series with a look at how the internet has been performing during the global pandemic.

Join us for the panel session “Life Under Lockdown: how my network survived the pandemic” where we will discuss how providers have handled the impact of COVID-19.

Date: 23 June
Time: 1700 AEST (1500 AWST)
Location: Zoom (Video Conference)

The news continues to report we are in “unprecedented times” but for the vast majority of people the internet has performed really well through lockdown. Members, however, will know firsthand that a lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to deliver the stability the community has enjoyed when socialising and working from home.

During the panel session we will hear from key industry representatives, Field Solutions Group Chief Technology Officer, David Hooton, Vocus Senior IP Engineer, Brett O’Hara and Aussie Broadband Managing Director, Phillip Britt. Hear their perspectives on the wins, near misses, and issues affecting the Internet through this crisis.

The event will also include some time to catch up with your peers and share a virtual drink.

Details on how to register will be available soon. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook pages for more information.

The Internet Association of Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Narelle Clark as its Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

After an exhaustive search, the Board determined that Narelle’s combination of deep Internet expertise, all-round industry knowledge and drive will enable the Association to move to the next level. The high regard with which Narelle is held across the industry means our Internet Exchange operations will continue to grow and deliver across Australia and New Zealand, in tandem with an increase in our work in member services and the Internet policy arena.

We are pleased that Narelle has taken on this challenging position and are confident she will embrace our plans to expand member services with enthusiasm. We have been seeking to increase our policy engagement and introduce a range of member education offers and Narelle’s experience will guide us well into the future.

“I would like to convey to members how keen I am to take on this position” said Ms Clark. “IAA’s infrastructure is second to none, with the widest number of points of presence, the most extensive content arrangements, and a member base that spans all parts of Australia’s Internet. Without the collaboration between builders, content and service providers Australians would not have enjoyed the level of Internet performance during lockdown we have seen.”

The Association recently observed some 100Gbps of additional Internet traffic across its exchanges, noting near perfect uptime across the peering fabric.

Narelle comes to the Association with a stellar career across the internet and telecommunications industry both within Australia and internationally, having held senior roles in a range of service providers, not-for profit organisations and policy and standards working groups. She has held prominent industry roles with CSIRO, Optus, the Public Interest Registry (operator of .Org), and ACCAN, and consulted to Telecom New Zealand, government departments and telecommunications and content providers. Narelle is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and has a Bachelors degree in Applied Physics, a Masters in Engineering (Telecommunications) and a postgraduate diploma in Management.

Please join us in welcoming Narelle on board, we are excited to see continued growth and success of the Association under her leadership.