Western Australian Internet Exchange
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The Western Australian Internet Exchange (WAIX) was formed in 1997 as a neutral Internet Exchange Point in Perth, Australia. Its three founding members were iiNet, Omen Internet and Wantree Internet. Today WAIX has over 50 peers and facilitates that transfer of over a gigabit per second.
The exchange is operated by the Internet Association of Australia (IAA) which is a not-for-profit, member driven, licenced telecommunications carrier, although the facility is self-funded on a not-for-profit basis through modest access fees. WAIX is the longest running exchange point in Australia. The Association operates Internet Exchange Points across Australia.
The facility is located in the QV.1 building in central Perth, and most Western Australian ISPs and all data passing through the Kalgoorlie Satellite Gateway peer at the facility. The exchange has a compulsory Multi-Lateral Peering Agreement MLPA, however bi-lateral interconnection at the facility is welcome in addition to the MLPA.
The peering fabric first existed informally as links between "Wantree Internet" and "Omen Internet" to iiNet. WAIX formalised as an initiative by the Western Australian Internet Association after a presentation by Andrew Khoo on his similar work in Sydney and Melbourne to create multi-lateral peering fabrics in both cities. The ISPs at the presentation later agreed they could form the fabric themselves and did so by purchasing a small room in QV.1 and began as a formal peering exchange after Omen, iiNet and Wantree moved their interconnects into the peering room.
Various attempts were made over the first few years to arrange traffic exchange between peers at WAIX and peers at other Australian internet exchanges (notably the "South Australia Internet Exchange", or SAIX) allowing peers to pay for interstate traffic. This was an arrangement with one of the peers at the time (information needed) who peered at more than one Australian peering fabric. Similar arrangements were formalised in the eastern states with the formation of AusBone.
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Tweedie, Gavin. "West Australia Internet Exchange update" (PDF). APNIC 17. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Retrieved 2016-01-21.