Telstra has joined forces with a group of telcos and Internet service providers in the Asia-Pacific region to increase the carriers' bargaining power in negotiations over costs of access to US networks.
The Asia-Pacific Internet Consortium (APIC) is seeking to establish new mechanisms by which APIC members and US carriers can enter into peering agreements.
"The current situation where non-US carriers are paying the cost of carrying significant amounts of trans-Pacific Internet traffic into and out of the US, while the US carriers pay nothing, is inequitable," said John Hibbard, managing director global wholesale, Telstra.
APIC plans to implement an Internet router, to be operational by early August 1999, at the Palo Alto Internet Exchange in California.
"This router will serve as an interconnection point with the top level Internet backbone in the US and provide 'peering' opportunities for APIC members and US carriers alike," Hibbard said.
APIC's other members are Dacom, KDD Corporation, Cable & Wireless HKT, and Singapore Telecom.
The consortium represents 30 per cent of the Asia-Pacific Internet market.