A number of industry experts have joined forces to establish IPINX, an initiative which will enable Internet service providers to pass the benefits of more affordable local and international bandwidth to their subscribers.
The newly-formed company will pass the benefits of wholesale carrier and access neutral connectivity to smaller providers, enabling them to offer services that are more advanced than the current reseller models available.
Marius Oberholzer, CEO of IPINX, explains: "Our passion is to provide carrier and neutral access connectivity to operators and companies that have been unable to leverage scale to their benefit.
"Our business model is designed to deliver core services to ISP's and corporates, but at the same time leave them to be innovative and create their own custom solutions.
"Furthermore, we plan to operate on a simple cost-recovery plus fair margin basis and to treat everyone the same."
IPINX will offer service providers and companies access to a range of broadband access mediums on a wholesale basis, namely scalable Telkom IPC/ADSL, iBurst, and Metro-Ethernet. In addition, IPINX offers international transit via Seacom SDH connectivity to Level3 in the UK and, alternatively, SAT3/SAFE if required.
"By leveraging lower Seacom pricing and deliver it at sub-STM1 levels to providers, everyone can finally afford Seacom bandwidth." says Oberholzer.
Hosting, billing and radius forms part of a complete solution delivered within the data centre.
An addition to the wholesale services IPINX will also offer a free, independent Internet exchange point to encourage settlement free peering between providers.
"Peering is not rocket science, and the exchange of internet traffic between providers should not be either." comments Oberholzer.
Connectivity to JINX and Neotel's data centre is also available, and Oberholzer points out that the core network is fully N+1 redundant regards power, connectivity and equipment. Two separate municipal power feeds, and triple UPS and generator backed power feeds are available.
The IPINX network went live in December, and the first anchor tenant is already using IPINX's IPConnect access for its ADSL user base and transits its traffic via Seacom international bandwidth, whilst using SAT3/SAFE as a redundant failover. The second anchor tenant — a major broadband provider – is currently testing IPINX enabled ADSL services.