6 September 2011
The NeutrINX internet exchange, a non-profit organisation independent of affiliations with internet and data centre service providers, opened for business at the start of the month, targeting reduced domestic bandwidth costs.
NeutrINX’s sole objective is to facilitate the interconnection of data and voice networks by building and operating open-access, carrier-neutral internet exchanges and associated infrastructure.
According to a statement this week, NeutrINX says its customers may connect directly to the exchange without necessarily taking up hosting space in the host data centre via multiple access options including Telkom, Dark Fibre Africa, other metro-ethernet operators, and self-provisioned wireless to a tower facility on the roof.
Sandton site under investigation
The first NeutrINX peering point to go live is hosted in the carrier-neutral Ambronex data centre located in Centurion.
The Centurion location is close to the technology-dense Midrand and Highveld Technopark areas, as well as serving as a convenient middle ground for peering partners in Pretoria and Johannesburg to meet.
Further NeutrINX sites will go live in due course, with Sandton the next location under investigation.
“The intent is to provide a layer two metro-ethernet backbone connecting all the peering points into a single distributed Internet exchange,” the statement read.
Reducing domestic bandwidth costs
“As a non-profit organisation, we are not interested in making money building internet exchanges, but … we definitely have an interest in being part of the solution when it comes to reducing domestic bandwidth costs.”
NeutrINX is open to discussions with any carrier-neutral, open-access data centre operators in South Africa that might like to host a NeutrINX presence.
“NeutrINX is an impartial party, and so ports at the exchange will be available without favour to anyone on an equitable, first come, first serve basis – there will be no preferential treatment for members of any particular industry body, and all participants will get to fairly share in the benefits of cheaper domestic connectivity.”
Various pricing options
NeutrINX pricing is available on the exchange website with prices starting at R1 500 per month for a 100Mbit port.
As an introductory offer to seed the peering point, the company is providing 100Mbit ports at no charge during the first six months of their operation, with reduced rates remaining in effect for the balance of the first year.
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