Internet Association Announces New 400GBPS Platform | Panda Anku

COMPANY NEWS: The Internet Association of Australia (IAA), the operator of IX Australia, today announced plans to upgrade its NSW Internet Exchange NSW-IX to a 400Gbps core using Arista switching equipment.

As with most internet platforms, the pandemic has resulted in the IAA’s NSW-IX doubling its traffic volume over the past two years. The IAA has determined that the core of the Internet Exchange will be transitioned to dual 400Gbps paths to continue to ensure its high availability and congestion-free operation, and will be the first Internet Exchange in Australia to achieve the groundbreaking Announces 400 Gbps technology.

“Simply throwing in more 100Gbps connections is no longer economical as you consume more ports in cross-site connections and redundancies than is fair for member services,” Chief Executive Officer, Narelle Clark, said today. “Members are making internet exchanges the compelling infrastructure and connectivity solution they are, and we’d rather make sure members’ traffic flows efficiently and reliably.” The new switches will enable the IAA content network and direct cloud Connections make it possible to deliver even faster than today.

“We are delighted to have been selected by the Internet Association of Australia as their key technology platform for 400Gbps as they upgrade their New South Wales Internet Exchange. IAA and Arista share a common vision of ultra-high performance, flexibility and mission-critical reliability in the Internet Exchange environment in Australia,” said Garry Turner, Arista Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand.

NSW-IX will be the first of the IAA’s six Australian Internet Exchanges to be upgraded to 400 Gbps and will include nine Sydney-based points of presence connected in a fully redundant, diverse fiber optic ring. These new switches will be deployed to consolidate the core and increase overall capacity, with the option to offer 400Gbps ports directly to members.

The IAA internet exchange point system is currently peaking in excess of 900Gbps across Australia and the NSW-IX carries much of this traffic, routinely peaking in excess of 400Gbps today. Arista was selected after extensive interoperability and protocol performance testing, during which the IAA team conducted a rigorous bench testing program over several months.

Via the Internet Association of Australia

The Internet Association of Australia Ltd (IAA) is a membership-based association representing the Internet community. Founded in 1995 as the Western Australian Internet Association (WAIA), the association has grown across Australia to support its membership of industry professionals, Internet content and service providers.

IX-Australia is a service provided by the Internet Association of Australia to corporate and affiliate members and consists of six separate State Internet Exchanges. With the widest footprint of over 30 points of presence across Australia, it is the longest running, only facility and carrier neutral Internet Exchange service in Australia. The Association also operates NZIX, New Zealand’s largest Internet Exchange network, on behalf of the NZIX Association.

The IAA provides a range of services and resources for members and supports the development of the internet industry both within Australia and internationally through the provision of technical, social and professional development events. The ILO’s advocacy on behalf of its members is also strong, with numerous submissions submitted and active participation in regulatory forums, providing an informed industry voice on Internet matters.

For more information about the Internet Association of Australia, visit or the New Zealand Internet Exchange at


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