02 Jun

NPIX Traffic reaches hits 1Gbps!

Seems like NPIX traffic has started hitting 1Gbps levels and that is just so amazing. Came across this post by Niranjan.

 

 

NPIX or Nepal Internet Exchange is located in Kathmandu and operates out of its own datacenter. There’s a huge amount of (overhead) dark fibre availability in Kathmandu and as of the writing of this post I see 30 members at NPIX. 1Gbps might seem low from Western IX’es standards but that’s a quite good amount of traffic for an IX in South Asian region. If you see the member list there are just smaller ISPs and not many content players over there. Comparing numbers by NIXI traffic, NPIX has more traffic now than NIXI Kolkata, NIXI Bangalore, NIXI Hyderabad and NIXI Ahmedabad combined! and it’s so disheartening to see such low numbers at NIXI and almost no effort being made to fix it over all these years despite so much talk.

NPIX will likely get content players soon. They do not have any policy problem in hosting them, unlike NIXI which expects participating networks with ISP license. Last update on this was from Mr Rajesh Charia (who is on the board of NIXI & also President of ISPAI) during APRICOT 2016 in New Zealand. He had a discussion with Kam Sze from Akamai over bandwidth requirements of Akamai cache. As the discussion proceeded, Owen Delong from Akamai pointed out Akamai’s strategy of connecting to IX and at this point, Mr Rajesh said that NIXI is into the discussion to allow content & CDN players to NIXI fabric.

 

 

Unfortunately, this is still not done! 🙁

While writing this post I felt the pretty strong earthquake here in North India.

 

With the hope that everyone is safe, time to get some sleep!

01 Mar

Two day trip to Paihia, Bay of Islands

I had a nice two day trip to Paihia over weekend. Paihia is one of key tourist towns far up in North. It took around 4 hrs via bus from Auckland. Travel was quite comfortable and place was excellent. I would say Paihia itself was quite a nice place but travel to it was one of best scenic travel I ever had.

 

I travelled via Inter-city bus. Outside India it’s quite common that just one person takes care of everything on behalf of bus company. Same person works on loading stuff, verifying tickets, and of course driving bus. Most of societies outside India are extremely cool & calm which makes overall service quite doable. Not surprising – same person drove the bus back to Auckland next day and the way he kept on updating, greeting all passengers was just amazing. I never had Haryana roadways folks greeting like that. 😉
And oh yes did I mentioned of free wifi in the bus? 🙂

 

Although I have yet to upload most of videos I took on the way, here’s a quick video showing way from Auckland to Paihia.

 

 

Day 1 

In Paihia on the first day I went for Otehei Bay via boat from Explore. This had couple of interesting things like option of swimming with Dolphins, small pause at Otehei Bay for Kayaking, snorkeling and of course swimming.

 

Night stay was at YHA hostel. In developed world countries hostels are great way to travel while meeting interesting people and of course keeping costs low.

Here’s how stay was (inside room and outside view)

 

 

Day 2

On day 2 (Sunday) I wasn’t able to do much as it was raining quite heavily and my bus back to Auckland was at evening. All I could manage was parasailing apart from roaming out in the market. Must say it was very quiet 300m above the sea level. I really loved experience hanging via parachute for a while. I wanted to try for skydiving but apart from that being expensive, it wasn’t an option at all with rain & cloudy sky.

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That’s pretty much it about Paihia. I would say if it wasn’t raining & I had a day more, probably could try few more things out. With raining week, two days was decent time for place like that.

 

Time to get back to routing tables. 🙂