IAA’s recent audit of the RPKI status of the prefixes advertised over the exchanges found a number of invalid advertisements from member peering sessions.

We have now notified all members affected by this and as per our timetable outlined in last month’s newsletter item, we will begin dropping prefixes with invalid RPKI status, starting from September 1, 2020.

If you need further assistance with any routes that have been flagged as invalid or would like more information regarding our RPKI deployment, email peering@ix.asn.au

Have you ever wondered what the IAA Board does? Well, wonder no more as they have started producing quarterly reports on their activities. In a nutshell, however, the IAA Board meets monthly and is responsible for the overarching governance and strategy of the Association.

The Board reports can be downloaded from our website.

Australians are now spending over $4 billion per year on fixed line broadband services. With the internet being such an integral part of everyday life, it is important to be confident in the information available to assist consumers in choosing the plan that best suits.

IAA’s next Life Under Lockdown event, on Tuesday 22 September, “How Good is our Internet?” will be looking at the performance of Australia’s broadband network

Hear from Sean Riordon, head of the ACCC’s broadband performance monitoring program on their approach to measuring performance. The session will include a summary of the regulator’s function, why broadband performance monitoring was adopted, an overview of how it works, and the results they have collected.

The event will also include an in-depth presentation from SamKnows who provide the technology behind the ACCC’s testing program.

It’s been a little quieter around here over the last month, as it’s been head down, tail up ploughing through the upgrades (well done Nick and Aaron) and preparing for our AGM in just over a week’s time. I participated in a panel as part of APNIC’s Networking from Home Oceania event and will be part of the line up next month for APNIC 50 giving a recap of the Australian ISP industry’s survival tactics during the pandemic. I’m also gradually getting to meet with many of our corporate members, and your feedback led to our taking a strong stand in the media on the upcoming CVC charge resumption by NBN Co.

The team have also made great progress implementing RPKI – if you’ve received an email saying your routes include invalids, please make the changes or liaise with us to help. It’s important we keep the routing table as clean as possible.

Speaking of the AGM, I hope you will take the time to vote on the changes to our Rules, and for the board election. A strong and active board is essential to our governance and are frequently our go to team for strategic advice. If you haven’t received your ballot email – do be in touch!

After weeks of preparation, IAA team leader Nick Pratley and engineer, Aaron Chidiac, pulled a night shift at Equinix SY1 last week, successfully replacing the Extreme Black Diamond X8.

The huge 14.5 RU BDX8 modular switch has, up until now, given us the flexibility to satisfy all peer requirements, but we’ve chosen to replace it with the much smaller Extreme Networks x870-32c.

With the promise of future proofing, we expected that over time the expensive 100G modules would mature to a point where the cost was acceptable, however they are currently end of life and still prohibitively expensive. On this basis, it’s clear the benefits of the BDx8 do not outweigh the significant support and module costs, so we’ve moved to the new Extreme switch.

The work involved downsizing the 14.5RU monster to a 1RU pizza box form factor, reducing rack temperatures and power consumption whilst freeing up space for future servers, switches, and content provider caches.

Amazingly, the entire new Extreme x870-32c device costs less than the modules required to keep up with member demand for 100G ports. It is capable of 32 x 100G ports that can be partitioned into different modes, comfortably fitting 96 x 10G member ports, with 8 x 40G/100G ports to spare!

Members can now expect greater reliability of inter capital and inter data centre links. This also means we’re separating key links across hardware,  so we can ensure our ring network is not taken down by a single path, link or hardware failure, and latency spikes will now only occur during diverse path outages or extreme congestion events.

This has been weeks in the planning and puts us in great shape to repeat the effort in Melbourne sometime in the next couple of months.

Well done Nick and Aaron on a massive effort and a trouble free cut over.

The Internet Association of Australia, operator of Australia’s largest and longest-standing, non-profit, carrier-neutral Internet Exchanges, believes NBN Co’s recent announcement, that it will be continuing with its withdrawal of their COVID-19 inspired 40% CVC boost in September, to be detrimental to both customers and the internet community.

“NBN Co’s recent intervention on pricing has been a welcome relief and greatly improved sentiment towards the NBN generally,” explains IAA Chief Executive Officer, Narelle Clark.”

“It is the Association’s view that it is too early to remove this relief. ISPs, especially those smaller providers, have found their cost base unexpectedly and massively altered due to the pandemic and need time to adjust their capital and operating programs.”

“Removal of this additional support now by NBN Co will disproportionately affect providers at the smaller end of the spectrum who are also vital businesses supplying Australia’s industry and social fabric.”

Given the Federal Government’s relief package is still in place, IAA believes the withdrawal of NBN Co’s pricing relief on CVC capacity has the potential to significantly reduce the quality of service to residential and business customers.

At a time when the shift to working and studying from home is crucial, the reliance on Australia’s broadband network has never been more important. By extending their relief package, IAA believes NBN Co will help service providers continue to provide Australia’s necessary connectivity and continuity of services.

This month our newsletter announces details of our AGM, outlines our timetable for deploying RPKI and welcomes back Tanzia to the team.

Read our July 2020 newsletter here.