Micron21 is leading an initiative to leverage economies of scale and lower the acquisition costs of international capacity for all participants in this group purchase arrangement.
By canvassing this offer, Micron21 hopes to raise sufficient interest to achieve a large bandwidth commitment that can be “shopped around” a number of carriers. Micron21 will be completely transparent in this process for the mutual benefit of all parties. However, there are overheads in managing the delivery of this service (non-administrative) such as port fees and cross-connects.
This is discussed further in the FAQs. Micron21 has no preference in any capacity provider and is purely looking for the best possible value for all participants in this offer. There is an opportunity to select your preference for handoff location with three options in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth (or combination).
To help you make an informed assessment on this group purchase arrangement and answer any questions you may have, we have prepared and FAQ below. Should you still have additional questions, then please feel free to reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call in on 1300 769 972.
To register you interest, please email us. Thank you for your interest in this initiative.
Progress to date
Micron21 to negotiate capacity pricing with wholesalers (at least 2 quotes)
Canvas AusNOG community for an Expression of Interest
Reach target minimum interest in capacity of at least 20G (with at least 5G in each location)
Select Wholesale Provider - Sign Memorandum of Understanding
Obtain Commitment (contracts) from the community members
Reach target minimum signed capacity of 20G (with at least 5G in each location)
Notify community members of commencement of agreement (scheduled for 15th January*)
* Services can be brought online sooner if required.
Register Your Interest
Email us or visit our contact us page to register your interest. If you have already communicated your interest with Micron21, then you will not be required to do so a second time.
Handoffs will be available in P1, P2, M1, ME1, MEL1, and SY1 to 4 for the Group
The wholesaler provides protected backhaul carriage between M1 and P2
The Indigo Cable System will be used for SG1 to Australia SY1 to 4 and P2
At each handoff site, Micron21 operate 2 x Cisco Nexus 93180 YC switches
Each switch will be redundantly connected into the Wholesaler network
It is recommended that two ports in each site be acquired for switch redundancy
Capacity is required for each link. For example, 2G in SY1 will allow for a maximum of 1G in MEL1 and 1G in SY1
Oversubscription is not permitted. This service will provide 1:1 contention of capacity
An example of a service , with a cross connection in SG1 and SY4. Using Q-in-Q, you can deliver trunked VLANs from SG1 to your delivery site. For switch redundancy, you could acquire multiple ports in each site on different handoff switches.
Group Buy FAQ
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Can I order 500mbit?
At this stage, unfortunately no. The minimum commitment is 1G, as we can only increase capacity in 1G blocks.
Can I buy 1G of capacity but use this capacity from different locations?
No, currently we can’t pool bandwidth locations together. If you want 1G in both Melbourne and Sydney you need buy 2 x 1G services (One for each location)
Who will send the invoices?
Micron21 will need to be the contracting party with the capacity provider awarded the deal to achieve the best possible rate. As such, Micron21 will invoice you monthly for the term of the contract period.
What is the length or term of the contract?
What are the terms of the invoice?
To minimise innate risk and defaults, Micron21 will need payment 45 days in advance on strict 14 day terms.
Will the price become cheaper per mbit?
As a group if we can commit to 50G of capacity the price will decrease to $1.35 USD per mbit.
Group commitment levels will be regularly updated so everyone is aware, however for now the current price is confirmed at $1.50 USD per mbit.
What about Transparency?
Micron21 will be fully transparent to the cost of delivering and purchasing this service both now and in the future. If the cost per mbit decreases in time due to additional volume this will benefit everyone. If the cost increases (Say because an organization goes bankrupt) everyone might have to pay slightly more. (Hopefully this will never happen). As mentioned above, there are costs in delivering services of a non-administrative nature that Micron21 will need to pass on, such as port fees and any cross connections through us.
What happens if my business goes bankrupt, liquidates or otherwise ceases operation during the contract period?
To minimise the impact to all participants should this event occur, all parties need to sign a director's or bank guarantee to protect the purchase arrangements that are in place. In the event of a payment default by any party, all key stakeholders will be made aware in the interest of transparency.
What happens to my contract if another party leaves or defaults?
In the worst case, all parties will need to share the burden and there will be a cost increase (per mbit) that is proportional to the capacity purchased until such time other arrangements can be made. Ideally, an existing participant may require additional capacity and this can be utilised by them or we are able to find a new entrant into the scheme.
Can I buy more capacity in the future?
Yes, capacity can be increased and we would seek to ask the supplier for better pricing as time goes on. Increasing capacity that results in more favourable pricing from the supplier will be passed on to all participants. There are contractual limitations on when during the contract period capacity can be increased, and this will be made available to parties that have expressed interest.
What is the currency exchange rate?
Invoices will be issued in USD to remove the impact of exchange rate fluctuations.
Do we need to pay GST?
Yes GST will be still be payable, you will receive an invoice from Micron21 which will include GST.
How much does each network port cost in Singapore?
To use this service you will need at least one port in Singapore charged at $50.00 USD per physical port per month (1G, 10G or 25G ports).
How much does each port cost in any location in Australia?
To use this service you will need at least one port in Australia charged at $50.00 USD per physical port per month (1G, 10G or 25G ports)
How much are cross connections in Singapore?
Equinix SG1 charge $370.00 SGD for a cross connection installation plus $370.00 SGD per month.
How do I arrange service in Singapore?
You would simply order any Singapore service from any supplier within SG1 to our switching platform and buy as many switch ports as you require.
How much will Micron21 charge for Equinix SG IX Routes?
Equinix charge $2000.00 USD per month for a 10G IX peering port or $1000.00 USD per month for a 1G IX peering port. You can order your own direct port from Equinix directly and have it delivered to our switching platform via a physical cross connection or you can access Micron21 routes for $200.00 USD per month for 1G peering routes.
Can Micron21 provide DDoS Protection for data services before the traffic leaves Singapore?
Yes, we can. Micron21 has scrubbing hardware in Singapore, so if would like us to scrub traffic before it leaves Singapore please contact us. A fee would apply to this depending on the amount of traffic being scrubbed and the amount of IP routes which we would need to maintain. Special pricing will apply.
Does Micron21 have any existing IP transit providers which we could leverage capacity from?
Yes, within Singapore we buy transit from TATA, PCCW, Telia and GTT. Let us know what you need so and we can work something out.
How soon will the service be live?
Micron21 would like to have contracts all signed within the next 2 weeks or less followed by provisioning services ASAP. In total, we expect no more than 4 weeks lead time after contracts are signed. This means an expected delivery between October and November in 2019.
How much is Co-Location Space in Singapore within Equinix SG1?
Micron21 can provide a value-add service in Singapore for your colocation requirements. Micron21 has a presence in SG1 and charges $120.00 USD per RU per month, or you can arrange your own co-location service with any provider.
What is the maximum MTU size?
We will support a maximum MTU of 9216.
Will you install hardware for us in Singapore?
Yes, a Micron21 staff member will travel to Singapore to bring all services online. Micron21 will not charge for this service, just ship your hardware to Singapore and we can help configure and bring the equipment online for you.
Can you supply us a Virtual Machine to be used as software router in Singapore?
Yes, we have a VMware platform in Singapore and can provide IaaS services if required. Additional costs will apply, so contact us about your requirements.
Can Micron21 provide other cloud services out of Singapore?
Yes, Micron21 has a VMware platform in Singapore that can host any cloud service.
How will your equipment be connected?
We will have multiple cross connections to the supplier from each Cisco Nexus 93180YC switch.
We will have a 2 x 100G LAG between the switches in case one of the cross connection stops working. Parties can order services to either Switch 1 or Switch 2, or both to ensure redundancy during scheduled maintenance.
Will you support qinq?
Yes, and any other vlan tagging protocol the Nexus platform supports. We can be very flexible here - so let us know what you require and we will do our level best to accomodate.
Can you provide port monitoring statistics?
Yes, we will provide each party with a PRTG login with access to your associated ports at no additional cost.
Will the service be over sold?
No, capacity is 1:1 for all parties. For each 1G purchased by a party, Micron21 will purchase 1G from the wholesaler. All parties will have access to their entire bandwidth at any time. It has been suggested that we would not be able to offer this service without contending the links, however this is simply not true. For group buy members who share this concern, under non-disclosure agreement we can supply details of the arrangement with the wholesaler, showing the total committed bandwidth.
What cable system or route does the capacity link use?
We are negotiating with a number of wholesale providers, on both ASC and Indigo links whom at this stage will not be named. While we ultimately have no preference on the final outcome, in the interests of transparency we have been working with a supplier of ours on this opportunity before it was made public. All parties will be informed which cable system we will be using before signing any documentation.
Is the service protected?
It is a single path over a single cable system from Singapore to Perth, and from Perth to Sydney. The terrestrial cable from Perth to Melbourne is diverse via two wavelength carriers provided by the wholesaler.
Will services ordered to Melbourne transverse to Sydney first?
No, any Melbourne services will be direct from Melbourne, to Perth, to Singapore to minimise latency.
Will services ordered to Sydney transverse to Melbourne first?
No, any Sydney services will be direct from Sydney, to Perth, to Singapore to minimise latency.
What will the latency from Singapore to PER/SYD/MEL be like?
We have asked the wholesaler for tests and have received some results; the expected network latency is ~92ms from Singapore to Sydney. Singapore to Perth is ~48ms. Singapore to Melbourne is ~85ms.
If we arrange our own cross connection will Micron21 charge us anything?
No, if you arrange and pay for your own cross connections to our rack we won’t charge you, other than the port fee, and for the capacity needed.
Can I still get Singapore Capacity at the group buy price after the group buy ends?
No. The $1.50USD special price is for participants of the group buy only. Regular commercial arrangements for capacity or transit will be made as normal after the group buy is completed.
When does the group buy end - what's the cut off date?
The group buy will stop accepting commitments 30 days after Micron21 sign an MOU with the wholesaler. All participants who have been issued contracts at this point will be required to sign before the group buy closes to reap the benefits.
How will Micron21 ensure that the service is not contended?
Micron21 have supplied a table showing the commited bandwidth from interested parties. Micron21 will sign an agreement with the wholesaler for this amount of bandwidth, and we will provide the details of this agreement to group buy participants under non-disclosure agreement.
Will you support BIDI SFP’s in all locations?
Yes. For both 1G and 10G cross connections to the group buy infrastructure in any location, parties can elect to use a BIDI based SFP which will help minimize cross connection changes.