In taking over the SITELiX project, the Czech peering node NIX.CZ enters the Slovak Internet connection market
Prague/Bratislava, 14th January 2015 – NIX.CZ Association, the Czech Republic‘s neutral IX node, is in the process of taking over the running of the SITELiX Project, one of Slovakia’s two peering nodes. This will give its members and customers the possibility to operate in a modern and expanding peering node in Slovakia, which will function on the same principle as the Czech NIX.CZ. At the same time, the Slovak Internet connection market will acquire a partner with vast experience in the field of inter-operator data transit. NIX.CZ will also try to bring to Slovakia other key international players already active in the Czech Republic in order to further develop the Slovakian market. The SITELiX project remains a separate and neutral peering node for Slovakia and will not be integrated into the Czech peering node.
Marián Okres, the project manager of SITEL, which had previously been running SITELiX, said: “By taking over the SITELiX project, NIX.CZ is giving SITEL, a Slovak company, the opportunity to fully concentrate on its key activities, which include running its own datacentres and building, operating and servicing optical networks. On the other hand, NIX.CZ Association is going to focus on running and developing one of Slovakia’s two peering nodes, which is good news above all for our customers. The Czech peering node is one of the most important in the field and is bringing years of experience and solid know-how of Internet interconnection into the project.”
An agreement between the representatives of SITEL and NIX.CZ was signed before the end of last year. At the moment, the project is being handed over, a process which should be completed in the following months. The SITELiX project will be managed from Prague, with the current and future customers of SITELiX becoming customers of NIX.CZ. According to the Association’s plan, in the future SITELiX should follow the same operating model and principles as the Czech peering node.
“I am very happy that we can offer our experience and projects to entities currently operating in Slovakia,” the Director of NIX.CZ Martin Semrád said. “Once the SITELiX project has been handed over, we will begin to develop and expand its infrastructure to match the standard offered by NIX.CZ in Prague. The openness, stability and transparency of the Slovak peering market, which are our priorities, are also important for the functioning of Czech companies active in the Internet field. Many of them are connected not only in the Czech Republic, but also in Slovakia. Some of these networks are our members and have previously expressed interest in getting the same standard of service they are used to in the Czech Republic from our Eastern neighbours.”
More information and future growth strategies of the SITELiX project will be presented during the Peering Day conference that will take place in the Slovak capital in March 2015. The conference will bring together experts on Internet interconnection from Europe, Asia and America.
SITEL s.r.o. [Ltd] was established in 1993 exclusively as a provider of services in the construction of metallic and optic fibre networks. As the name of the company suggests (Company for the construction of Integrated Telecommunications), it provides a wide range of services in the design, implementation and maintenance of telecommunication technologies.
The company owns SITELPOP, the first neutral data centre at Slovakia and its largest interconnection node today, and operates SITELNET, a fibre network in Bratislava and Košice, supported by a 7/24 FLM service.
CoolHousing enters the FENIX project
The NIX.CZ Association, which operates the neutral Internet exchange in the Czech Republic has announced a new member of its security project, FENIX. The newly joined company, CoolHousing provides data housing services and is already the ninth member of the security project next to ACTIVE 24, Casablanca INT, CESNET, CZ.NIC, ČD – Telematika, Dial Telecom, Seznam.cz and O2 Czech Republic.
The FENIX project was created by the Czech peering node NIX.CZ and is primarily a reaction to intense DoS attacks targeting Czech internet services, media, banks and operators which occurred in March 2013. The purpose of the project is to ensure the uninterrupted of Internet services for connected entities during DoS attacks. Find out more about the FENIX project at fe.nix.cz
The next issue of NIX.CZ's newsletter has been published
This issue of NIX.CZ’s newsletter informs about the new price list applicable from January 1st. Furthermore, it updates about a new record in data traffic, tells about NIX.CZ’s participation in a meeting of experts in Montenegro as well as about the association’s participation in a pan-European security exercise, Cyber Europe 2014. The current issue also includes news about the association’s Board member being appointed a Board member of EURO-IX.
NIX.CZ Association has unveiled its 2015 Pricelist; 14 new networks connected in 2014
NIX.CZ, Czech Republic’s internet peering node has unveiled its new price list, which will be applicable from 1st January 2015. As in the previous years, the connection price has been further reduced, in some cases by up to 75 per cent. The current changes should also make it easier for members to join the FENIX project. Making it more affordable to join the NIX.CZ node is part of the Association’s long-term strategy. In 2014, the Czech peering node has successfully connected 14 new networks.
“We have introduced an interesting offer for smaller networks that might be interested in joining our Association. From now on, a one gigabyte connection costs CZK 2,000, while another gigabyte connection will now cost CZK 6,000. We have introduced these changes to reach out to new customers and at the same time make it easier for them to fulfil one of the conditions of joining the FENIX project, which requires candidates to be connected to at least two NIX.CZ nodes,” said Martin Semrád, Director of NIX.CZ. “In addition to gigabyte ports, we are also reducing the price of 10 Gb connections. A 10 Gb connection will now cost CZK 16,000. We are also reducing the price of 100 GB connections to CZK 80,000. This represents a 15 per cent decrease on the previous year. All of the prices are exclusive of VAT.”
NIX.CZ has been reducing its prices regularly since 2010, meaning that this is the fifth time it has made amendments to its pricelist. The regular reductions are part of the Association’s long-term strategy.
According to Martin Semrád, “2014 was a fairly successful year for NIX.CZ. We are very happy to have been able to connect 14 new networks from the EU, USA and Russia, while other additions are currently being discussed. We are also pleased by the interest among companies to join the FENIX project. At this moment, its team already includes eight members. And finally, we also took part in a number of international events and activities; I would especially like to mention our collaboration with organisations such as EURO-IX, RIPE NCC and VIX.at. Together with our Austrian partners, we organised another international Peering Day conference.”
New record for data transfer speed set at 338.4 Gb/s
Shortly after 8 p.m. last night, Czech Republic’s national peering point, NIX.CZ Association, again exceeded its previous maximum data traffic rate, setting the new record at 338.4 Gb/s. The ‘magical’ 300 Gb/s threshold was only surpassed relatively recently, on Sunday 21st September.
“Of course we are very pleased that the data transfer rate has been increasing. Yesterday’s new record represents a more than 10% increase in the volume of data transferred since we exceeded the 300 Gb/s threshold one and half months ago,” the technical director of the Association Adam Golecký said. “In general, data transfer rates do rise more quickly during the fall months. However, compared to last year this year’s increase has been more pronounced.”
NIX.CZs Board Member appointed Board Member of EURO-IX again
Ondřej Filip, the member of the Board of Directors of the NIX.CZ Association was appointed a Board Member of the European Internet Exchange Association (EURO-IX). Mr Filip has been elected a member of the Board of this important organisation already for the fifth time and his mandate is for two years.
The mission of EURO-IX is to support, develop, strengthen and improve the so-called Internet Exchange Point community. This mission includes a cooperation between peering nodes, especially across Europe and it involves a unification of technical standards used by the nodes in joint procedures in areas such as statistical analysis and information activities. More information about EURO-IX is available at the organisation's website www.euro-ix.net.