Wellington-based CityLink is to establish a 'Peering Exchange' in Dunedin, representing another boost to the tech sector following the city's success in the Gigatown initiative.
As the largest Peering Exchange across the country, the New Zealand Internet Exchange, which is operated by CityLink, is a distributed exchange with connectivity to over 25 Data centres and 600 buildings, continuing to expand with CityLink’s Fibre Connectivity.
Its sixth throughout New Zealand, other Peering Exchanges include Auckland (APE), Wellington (WIX) Christchurch (CHIX), Palmerston North (PIX) and Hamilton (HIX).
"CityLink now has internet exchanges in most of the main centres and Dunedin was the logical next addition as it prepares for a fibre-led future," says Nick Willis, CEO, CityLink.
More than 80 ISPs, Content Delivery Networks (CDN), media networks and education networks subscribe to the exchanges (NZIX) and benefit from super-fast and cost efficient internet access.
"Dunedin is a leading education hub with an expanding technology sector," Willias adds.
"It has a strong R&D and start-up sector and we expect the new peering exchange will help improve speeds and reduce costs.
“The exchange will complement Dunedin's Giga speed access and help the large education and research community in Dunedin to access the university resources in a more organised and cost effective way."
Established in 1995, CityLink is a New Zealand supplier of open access wholesale telecommunications services and a wholly owned subsidiary of the NZX publically listed TeamTalk group of companies.
The company operates an extensive fibre network and features Ethernet service in the Wellington CBD, its outlying suburbs and Auckland CBD.