Routing and Tariff Policy Ver.1.12


(Effective from 1st March 2019)

Background

The Domestic Internet Scenario in India is unique with several large and small ISPs spread across a large geographical area. The policy described below attempts at addressing the concerns of the large as well as the small ISPs at the same time keeping the larger national interest in mind by promoting domestic hosting of content as well as saving foreign exchange by keeping domestic traffic within India.

Some of the Design Constraints that we had to consider were:

  1. Infrastructure invested by the Large ISPs: The policy should be fair to large and small ISPs. The infrastructure invested by the large ISPs should be adequately compensated.

  2. Small ISPs should not be ignored: The policy should provide benefit to the small ISPs who play an important role in the penetration of Internet throughout the country. Small ISPs should derive significant benefit by connecting to the NIXI.

  3. The policy should encourage domestic Content being hosted out of India: This is the only way Indian ISPs can insist on Peering with their western counterparts rather than paying hefty transit charges to them. This will result in the overall lowering of cost of bandwidth in the country.

Basic Routing Policy

  1. An ISP at any NIXI node must at a minimum announce all its regional routes to the NIXI router at that NIXI location. All ISPs connecting to that NIXI node are entitled to receive these routes using a single BGP session with the NIXI router. This will guarantee the exchange of regional traffic within a NIXI node. This is referred to as forced regional multi-lateral peering under the policy.

  2. In the event, one NIXI member is already providing transit to another NIXI member, the exchange of regional routes mentioned in above, may also happen using a separate private connection between the ISPs.

  3. ISPs should announce only those routes that belong to their AS, i.e their own network, and their customer routes at the NIXI. An ISP in any region can aggregate traffic from other ISPs in the region and connect to the NIXI through a single connection.

  4. The NIXI router will only exchange information but not carry any transit traffic.

  5. All NIXI members must ensure that they suitably and proactively upgrade capacity from time-to-time so that they do not end up dropping traffic that other peers are exchanging with them. An ISP must Upgrade its port capacity or take additional port if 95th percentile of its OUT or IN traffic in a month crosses 70% of its port capacity, for 3 months

Membership Fee  :  Rs. 1000 per annum all India basis.

Other Charges

Joining Charges : Per NIXI PoP one time: Rs.1,000

Connectivity Charges :

Charges for Port Capacity

Port Capacity

Charges in Rs. p.a. w.e.f.1st June 2018

100 Mbps

50,000

1 Gbps

1,50,000

2 Gbps

2,50,000

10 Gbps

6,00,000

Billing for Port charges will be done at the beginning of each quarter.

Rack space including electricity:2U rack space free of charge and additional Rs 2500 per U per year.

Charges for re-connection: Rs 1,000 per port per location per instance.

All applicable taxes will be over and above these rates

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