IAA have completed the first round of inter-capital link upgrades, upgrading the SYD-BNE links from 10G to 40G (4 x 10G services) on two separate routes. This is part of an overall program of capacity expansion recently approved by the Board.

The purpose of this work is to increase capacity nationwide and ensure physical path diversity between all points, making a more resilient inter-capital network for members. The upgrades are necessary to meet increased and forecasted demand and will enable members to scale up their networks.

Over the coming months we will be increasing capacity along diverse paths between Sydney to Melbourne, Melbourne to Adelaide, Sydney to Adelaide and Adelaide to Perth. Coupled with the existing link between Sydney and Perth these upgrades will ensure we have enough headroom to meet the forecast member demand, fill the caches that we host, and reroute traffic with minimal congestion in the event of failure between the capital cities.

IAA’s first online event, Life Under Lockdown: how my network survived the pandemic, was held on Tuesday, 23 June.

In a lively discussion facilitated by our new CEO, we heard Aussie Broadband MD Phil Britt, Vocus IP Engineer Brett O’Hara, and Field Solutions Group CTO David Hooton talk about the network and operational changes they made and security issues they encountered after lockdown sent the whole country home.

With a number of great lessons on lightning fast network rearrangements, flexible staff redeployment, and more, talk also went to the question of post-COVID NBN CVC charging – we are keen to hear what you think on this topic. Please send your thoughts to info@internet.asn.au

This was the first event in our Life Under Lockdown webinar series and we are looking forward to bringing you the next event in July, Life Under Lockdown: how to stop heists, hijacks, and hostages.

What a tremendous welcome I’ve had to the Association, with many members and colleagues across the industry reaching out with their good wishes. Thank you to everyone who has made this first month so enjoyable – and productive.

We have had our first online event and successfully supported NZIX in their AGM. We have also managed to plan out a series of upgrades which we look forward to telling you more about over the coming months as the new switches and extra bandwidth across Australia come online. Those people after extra extended reach capacity should put in their orders!

I hope to meet as many of you as possible as soon as is possible – in person when we are COVID-safe, but via videoconference if you want to catch up sooner. What role do you see the Association playing into the future? How would you like to see our products improve? Send an email to ceo@internet.asn.au

Warm Regards
Narelle Clark

This month our newsletter welcomes our new CEO, announces our first online event and explains our move to fully automated DNS.

Read our May 2020 newsletter here.