Our July guest is Roger de Salis, a director of FxNetworks.
FX Networks are a Wellington company with significant Unix and Cisco Networking experience. The principals of FX have over 50 years experience in the IT and Telecommunications industry, the bulk of which is about continuously available on-line systems for public use. They specialise in bringing interesting technical ideas to market.
FX believe you should be able to get connectivity far greater than what is currently available in New Zealand, and have made great investment in a fibre network around New Zealand. They're also pioneers in the use of VoIP.
Roger left Cisco in May 2001, and set up FX in May 2003. FX bought ComNet from Industrial Research Ltd in Nov 2004, gaining 5 staff and 3x class B IPv4 address space.
Between Nov 2005 and Aug 2006 they have been laying fibre optic cable; they have their own cable between Hamilton and PalmerstonNorth spanning around 450km, and have plans for a Tauranga/Rotorua/Taupo loop, a cable through Hutt Valley, a link to Napier, and a link to Christchurch.
FX provides backhaul, ISP + Internet. Local franchisees deal with end-users, SIP services at end-points, and gateways in major cities. This is run along a "utility" model, with a flat monthly rate. Video/conferencing - eg http://NeoDigital.net.nz
The presentation finished with a photo slide show of various aspects of the network laying process.