The Pacific IXP proposal is a development of United Nations ESCAP stemming from a series of subregional workshops aimed at progressing the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (AP-IS) initiative, and requests from Pacific island nations to examine the feasibility of a Internet Exchange Point for the whole Pacific islands community.
In particular, under AP-IS Pillar 2 ‘Internet Traffic & Network Management’, ESCAP and the Internet Society (ISOC) collaborated on a series of studies that showed a model for such an IXP traffic exchange was technically feasible, and examined several possible operating models.
UN ESCAP Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway initiative
The Pacific-IXP proposal arose from requests by member states for UN ESCAP to facilitate investigations on the feasibility of establishing a Pacific-islands wide Internet exchange point.
These high-level designs have been the subject of consultations with relevant key stakeholders in Fiji, Samoa and New Zealand, including government departments, regulators, service provider association groups such as PITA (Pacific Island Telecommunications Association) and existing domestic IXP managers. All consulted stakeholders expressed support for developing the concept further.