26 Feb

NIXI finally removing the x-y charge!

It’s kind of fun times in India with many IX’es showing up and now NIXI finally removing their traffic wise charge.

I came across this email which they sent to their member networks recently:

From: I X <ix@nixi.in>
Sent: Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:48:31 GMT+0530
To: “members ” <members@nixi.in>
Cc: “ceo@nixi.in” <ceo@nixi.in>
Subject: Change in Data Transfer Charges (X-Y)

Dear Members,

In reference to the Board’s direction to reduce the current data transfer (X-Y) charges from Re. 1/GB to Rs. 0/GB. The said reduction in X-Y charges to Rs. 0/GB is being implemented with effect from 1st March 2019.
This is for your kind information please.

Thanks & Regards.
National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI)

This is really good. I hope next they start allowing the content networks i.e they do not demand for an ISP license to anyone who wants to connect to the IX.

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!