The Philippines Research, Education, and Information Network (PREGINET) is the first partner to join the Open Internet Exchange. PHOpenIX is maintained and administered by the PREGINET Network Operations Group.

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PhOpenIX launched at Shangri-La Hotel

The Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) and the Philippine Network Operators Group (PHNOG) conducted tutorial sessions on “Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Multihoming Techniques” and “Design and Construction of Local and Regional Exchange Facilities” last January 26, 2007 at Boracay Hall 1 and 2 of EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Ortigas Business District, Pasig City. The speakers were Dr. Philip Smith, a Consulting Engineer of Cisco Systems, and Mr. Gaurab Raj Upadhaya, an Internet Analyst from the Packet Clearing House (PCH).

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RP gets first ‘open’ Internet exchange

The Philippines will soon get the country’s first open and non-commercial Internet exchange, managed and owned by a consortium of companies, as well as the first Internet exchange in the Philippine to fully support the old Internet protocol (IP) version 4 and the new IPv6.

The Philippine Open Internet Exchange Project (PHOpenIX) will serve as testing ground for Internet traffic coming through the Philippines and will also serve as a host root DNS (domain name system) server.

The significance of the latter is that Philippine-based Internet service providers will be able to route their traffic locally without depending on their telecommunications providers, especially during major disasters as exemplified by the recent Taiwan earthquake that damaged undersea cables which served as one of the Philippines’ telecommunications backbones.

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The Rebirth of Philippine Internet Exchanges?

Inquirer.net has this scoop on the proposed low-cost RP Internet Exchange called PHOpenIX.

The Philippine Network Operators Group (PHNOG) and the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) of the Department of Science and Technology have started setting up the Philippine common Internet exchange, dubbed PHOpenIX, according to PHNOG founder and APNIC Pty. Ltd. Training Officer Amante Alvaran, in an email interview.

The PHOpenIX is currently managed and operated by ASTI, a research and development arm of the DOST. Alvaran said both organizations are now inviting network operators to connect to the local Internet exchange, which supports both IP version 4  (IPv4) and IP version 6 (IPv6) Internet protocols. IPv6 allows the creation of more Internet addresses and improves data security.

Internet exchanges (IX) provide numerous benefits for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country. This concept is not entirely new. Migs and I co-wrote an article for the Asia Pacific Internet Association on the state of Philippine Internet Exchanges. This was nearly five (5) years ago. IXes have definitely been around for quite some time already. However, its state is not very good.

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