Internet rates to fall


INTERNET users will experience a 90 per cent reduction in cost once the country’s first internet exchange point (IXP) is up and running.
National Information and Communication Technology chief executive officer Charles Punaha said they had taken on the responsibility to build an IXP for the benefit of service providers and users after recognising the need for internet use in this time and age and the costs involved.
“We are almost launching that project. There has been some issues with trying to get the machines into the country,” he said.
“At the moment, you can say that almost everybody, all the internet service providers including the main players, have all agreed to come and join us.
“That should also contribute towards reducing the cost of internet services. Google has also agreed to come into and join us.”
Nicta board director and independent expert Dr Bob Horton explained how it would work.
“With internet, in the past, every country in the world have to go through a server, maybe in USA and Europe,” he said.
“Talking to the person next door, information gets thrown out of the country and comes back and goes next door – that’s where most of the money goes because you have got to pay for that.
“So having an exchange point in the country, you go through that exchange point to your neighbor. It directly goes straight to him or her and does not go to the server outside.
Australia solved this problem 15 years ago.”
NICTA director economic, consumer and international affairs Kila Gulo-Vui said: “It’s a neutral point where all the ISPs (internet service providers) come to connect their switches and there is one central point where internet traffic can be rerouted from here to rest of the world and that is what we are looking at doing now.”

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