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.
NIX.CZ is taking part in the formation of a new peering node in Montenegro
From September 28th to October 4th, 2014 the 21st annual Infofest conference took place in Budva, Montenegro. The conference hosted a workshop as part of the efforts to create a new independent peering exchange in this Mediterranean country. The event was organized by ITU in co-operation with the local Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Society. Among the invited guests were the representatives of organizations such as ISOC and those of the European peering nodes: INEX, SOX.RS and NIX.CZ.
Adam Golecký, the Technical Director of NIX.CZ, represented the Czech Republic and had this to say about the event: "Our colleagues from Montenegro work intensively on creating their own peering node in their county. This meeting was held to obtain information from the invited organizations in order to help their efforts. They particularly appreciate the neutrality of NIX.CZ, as well as our non-profit status, successful history and manifold experience. We are glad to help our colleagues from Montenegro in developing their peering node, and we are also delighted to share our experience with building a local Internet and telecommunications community".
NIX.CZ is perceived as a peering leader in Montenegro and the NIX.CZ Association is known for its ongoing commitment to creating and cultivating online communities, not only in the Czech Republic but also abroad. Our support of professional meetings such as the CEE Peeing Day and our participation at major events such as the European Peering Forum clearly indicate our commitment.
The next issue of NIX.CZ newsletter has been published
The new issue of NIX.CZ’s newsletter informs about the surpassing of the 300 Gbps threshold in data traffic and the Association's participation at the European Peering Forum. Furthermore it informs about the launch of a new website devoted to the FENIX project and presents the new members of the project. It also includes an introduction by another member of the Partner Programme and announces the opening of registration for the CEE Peering Day 2015 conference which will take place in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Registration opens for CEE Peering Day 2015
From today it is possible to register for the third annual CEE Peering Day conference , which will be held on March 18 to 19, 2015 in Bratislava. The conference is traditionally organised by the Czech peering exchange NIX.CZ in collaboration with our colleagues from Vienna, VIX.at.
RIPE NCC will also participate in the the event as an organiser of technically oriented workshops. In addition to interesting lectures and panel discussions, the conference will also offer bilateral meetings. You can arrange your meetings via the Rendezvous Point application.
The capacity of the event is 250 people, the workshop is open to 40 participant at a time. All important information including the program is to be found at the event’s website www.peeringday.eu.