PhOpenIX link now up

Our thanks to the Eastern Telecom team and Bani, YanYan and CJ on the ASTI side, Bitstop’s link to the PHOpenIX is now fully operational! Bitstop is again the first ISP in the Philippines to be cognizant of the importance of local peering and access to the DNS root to be hosted in the PHOpenIX! The Bitstop team that went to the Ayala Port side is made of John Ang and Anton Chua. By Bitstop Network Services, Inc.

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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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