We peer with many web content and service providers for the benefit of our customers
Peering is a commercial relationship between two Internet Service Providers (ISPs) where they agree to provide access to (part of) each other's networks and services. If the two parties determine that the value/cost to each party of this service is similar then they may choose not to have any settlement between the parties (SKA peering).
Peering might take place over dedicated circuits or via a shared peering fabric (typically located at a neutral collocation facility or Internet exchange). The method chosen will depend on many factors,including the volume of traffic exchange, any special services required, etc.
We peer with a large number of web content and service providers in Australia such as Microsoft, YouTube, Amazon Web Services, Blackboard, Desire2Learn, and Netspot (Moodle), making content from these entities ‘on-net’ - which means high-performance and unlimited downloads for AARNet customers.
AARNet is not interested in peering just for the sake of it but needs to see some value in the arrangement. This value might be improved performance by reducing latency between the parties or it might be the facilitation of advanced services, such as using multicast to deliver streaming content.
Any peering must take into account the cost to AARNet, e.g. co-location costs, additional routers, interfaces, circuits, etc., and where the benefit is small AARNet may choose not to peer but continue using its transit relationships to source the traffic.
Our National and International Peering policies provide guidance to potential peers. These policies can be downloaded and viewed from the Resouces section at the bottom of this page.
AARNet favours using bi-lateral peering agreements as these provide AARNet with a direct relationship with the peer.
AARNet would consider utilising an Internet Exchange to facilitate peering as long as bi-lateral peering is permitted and thus multi-lateral peering is not mandatory.
|Sites available via the peering fabric||Sites available via private (Ethernet) cross connects|
Adelaide, Pulteney Street Data Centre
Palo Alto, Switch and Data (PAIX)
Melbourne, Walsh St
Los Angeles - Any2
Los Angeles - LAIIX/LAAP
Palo Alto - PAIX
Perth - WAIX
Seattle - Pacific Wave
(on VLAN 707)
(on VLAN 777)
Seattle - Seattle Internet Exchange
Please contact our Network Operations Centre team