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ISPA Internet Exchange Point Policy

Revision 1.2 : 2009-02-19

The policies below were adopted by ISPA's membership at the General Meeting on 2009-02-19.

  1. There will no longer be any joining fee for the INXes.
  2. A monthly hosting benefit fee of R40,000 (excl. VAT) will apply to the host of JINX, and a monthly hosting benefit fee of R30,000 (excl. VAT) will apply to the host of CINX. The amount must be paid by the host and will be a condition of any hosting agreement for each INX. (Hosting benefit fees for any future exchanges will be determined as additional exchanges are established.) Port charges, as set out below, apply to the host in addition to the hosting benefit fee.
  3. All equivalent line charges will fall away, to be replaced by monthly port charges. These charges depend on the speed of each port used by an ISP. The port charges will be reviewed on an annual basis by the INX WG.
  4. If an ISP uses more than one port, then a 30% discount will apply to each additional port, with the highest speed port always considered to be the primary port. This applies per exchange, so the primary port at each exchange incurs the full fee.
  5. For ISPA members, there is a minimum membership requirement for access to some ports. For access to 10 Gbps and 1 Gbps ports, ISPs must be Large ISPA members. For access to 100 Mbps ports, ISPs must be either Medium or Large ISPA members. There is no minimum requirements for access to 10 Mbps ports; Small, Medium and Large ISPA members can all use 10 Mbps ports.
Port charges for ISPA members (excl. VAT)
Port speed Minimum membership Primary port Additional ports
10 Gbps Large R 3,320.00 R 2,325.00
1 Gbps Large R 1,660.00 R 1,160.00
100 Mbps Medium R 830.00 R 580.00
10 Mbps Small R 415.00 R 290.00
  1. For the purposes of the minimum membership requirements above, Honorary ISPA members are considered to be Large ISPA members. Affiliate ISPA members are considered to be Small ISPA members.
  2. Non-members of ISPA may connect to ISPA's INXes, and pay port charges as shown below:
Port charges for non-ISPA members (excl. VAT)
Port speed Primary port Additional ports
10 Gbps R 9,420.00 R 2,325.00
1 Gbps R 7,760.00 R 1,160.00
100 Mbps R 2,330.00 R 580.00
10 Mbps Not available R 290.00
  1. The port fees may be waived for ports used for hosted services (such as DNS servers) located at an INX. The INX WG remains responsible for determining which services it is appropriate to have hosted at the INXes, and when port fees should be waived.
  2. With the exception noted, all interconnection at each INX must take place via the INX switch fabric. This means that within each INX cage there may be no peer-to-peer interconnection, and all traffic exchanged must be via the switch. This policy does not apply to any ISP paying the 10 Gbps port charge; this gives that participant the right to interconnect privately. A participant is welcome to pay the 10 Gbps port charge to gain this benefit, but make use of a lower speed port on the switch.
  3. The INX WG retains the right to grant additional exceptions to point 9 above, where technically necessary. (The specific example was put forward of voice traffic exchanged via SS7. The JINX switch does not support this, and it would have to bypass the switch.)
  4. The monthly port charge gives the participant the right to use a maximum amount of rack space depending on the primary port used, as indicated below. ISPA reserves the right to impose additional charges for participants using more than this, with appropriate fees to be determined by the INX WG.
Primary port speed Maximum rack space
10 Gbps 8U
1 Gbps 6U
100 Mbps 4U
10 Mbps 2U
  1. Interconnection between INX users remains voluntary, with INX users required only to (a) interconnect with at least two other INX users, and (b) provide the INX WG with a clear interconnection policy.
  2. ISPA reserves the right to terminate any participant's access to an INX for non-compliance with ISPA's INX policies.
  3. This policy will apply to JINX upon the commencement of the 2009-2012 hosting agreement, and to CINX (and any other INX) from day one.
  4. ISPA reserves the right to make changes to its INX policies, following due consultation with ISPA members.

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