We are in the process of building additional mirror servers and are open to suggestions for content! Is there any content you would like us to mirror? Do you prefer cat videos or linux distros? Let us know! Email our team on peering@ix.asn.au

It’s nearly that time of year again. IAA will be implementing a change freeze on services between 23rd December 2020 and 10th January 2021 inclusive. During this time services will not be added or removed. Support staff will be on call to deal with urgent issues, so members should rest assured that all IXes will be properly tended.  We will be accepting orders and change requests up until 11th December for actioning before 22nd December 2020.

Get your orders in by Friday 11th December to avoid disappointment or congestion over the new year when you get your new toys.

IAA welcomes the new 100Gbps Facebook cache in Victoria. Members who want to receive Facebook content in these exchanges, please ensure your PeeringDB record is up-to-date and reach out to Facebook to setup a bilateral BGP session.

We are working currently to activate caches in Qld and WA and will advise members once they are available.

Information about Facebook’s peering policies and contacts appear in their PeeringDB record.

IAA members were treated to in depth look into how the ACCC’s broadband monitoring system works during this month’s Life Under Lockdown event. Presentations from the ACCC and their performance testing provider SamKnows explained the rationale and technology used to assess Australia’s broadband network performance.

Sean Riordan, Head of the ACCC’s broadband performance monitoring program, explained that as the economic regulator of the communications sector, the ACCC’s main objective has been to promote the long-term interests of the users of internet services. The monitoring program aimed to promote competition and consumer outcomes by providing transparency on the quality of fixed line broadband services on offer to consumers via different NBN retailers.

The SamKnows system comprises a small ‘white box’ that NBN consumers install on their home networks. It simply measures rates of transfer without interfering with download performance and the company has been working with internet companies to create specific performance tests well beyond simple ping times.

Feedback following the event showed attendees were impressed by the comprehensiveness of the measurement system and its ability to track performance and were interested to see the changes in traffic and advertising, after the monitoring program started.

The event was also live streamed to our Facebook page. If you missed it on the night, it is still available to watch.

Our Life Under Lockdown events are proving popular and we are trying to bring topics that interest members.

Please feel free to circulate our event notices within your organisations, amongst your colleagues and friends we would love more of you to attend. If there are any specific topics you would like covered or speakers you enjoy – get in touch and we will do what we can to schedule.

We have had an exciting and challenging month this month with numerous projects and events. Our RPKI activation went completely smoothly, so now we can all be smug that our routing is as clean as can be. We also welcomed Sean Riordan from the ACCC with SamKnows for a lively session on broadband performance measurement at our latest Life Under Lockdown online event, and I presented at APNIC 50 giving a recap of the Australian ISP industry’s survival tactics during the pandemic. I’ve continued to meet with members on an individual basis, and also added some politicians and other stakeholders this month.

Our strong stance on the resumption of CVC charging has paid off, with NBN Co announcing it would extend the discount. We will continue with this advocacy, and I have raised it directly with the Minister for Communications. I also raised other issues including the challenges our members see in NBN onboarding – if you have experienced difficulty with the onboarding process, please get in touch as we will be following up on this issue further with both the Minister and NBN Co.

Unfortunately, we did have to postpone the AGM to make sure that we are squeaky clean in our approach to enabling voting. Your voice is genuinely important, so we thought it best to withdraw the special resolutions. The delay also means we will be able to have a guest speaker, and I am proud to announce that Jari Arkko, former head of the IETF, and current member of the IAB and Ericsson Research, will be talking about the evolution of the internet and hopefully will include some fun observations about his adventures with IoT.

Nick and the team have also completed some more upgrades, so you should be enjoying faster, more reliable route services. Well done team!

The new date for the IAA Annual General Meeting has been set for Tuesday 27th October, 1.30pm AWST / 4.30pm AEDT.

We are pleased to announce that we have secured a guest speaker to present at this year’s AGM. Jari Arkko is an Expert on Internet Architecture with Ericsson Research based in Finland. Jari Arkko is an Expert on Internet Architecture with Ericsson Research based in Finland. He is active in the IETF and is a current member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB). Jari has been presenting in Europe on the evolution of the internet through the global COVID-19 pandemic and will be bringing his presentation and expertise to our AGM.

The board nomination process is now open. Members have until Tuesday 20th October to submit their nomination. The Internet Association of Australia invites members to nominate for the following positions:

  • 1 x Professional Representative (term to run for 2 years)
  • 2 x Corporate Representatives (term to run for 2 years)
  • 1 x Professional Representative (term to run for 3 years)
  • 2 x Corporate Representatives (term to run for 3 years)

More information on the nomination process and the roles and responsibilities of the board is available on our website.

Non-members can register to attend the AGM via Eventbrite.

Members can register to attend the AGM via Zoom.

This month our newsletter celebrates a major switch upgrade, announces voting is open for the board elections and looks at our next Life Under Lockdown event.

Read our August 2020 newsletter here.