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Peering agreement

This is i2's suggested template for an interconnection agreement between two networks wanting to exchange data traffic (called peering) across the DIX. It is only supplied as a possible convenience, and the parties can shape the interconnection agreement to their particular needs and routing policies. i2 has no part or interest in the resulting agreement, as the relationship between the networks and the DIX is regulated by the standard DIX connection agreement.

This document derives from several sources. Thanks are especially due to Sprint, NORDUnet and EBONE. But they are not to blame for possible errors or inconsistencies, and naturally you use the agreement on your own responsibility and at your own risk.

This document can be downloaded in different formats.

The NET1 and NET2 computer networks ("the networks") agree to exchange data traffic in accordance with the terms of this agreement. NET1 is operated by OP1, Address1. NET2 is operated by OP2, Address2 . NET1 and NET2 are Internet networks, and the exchange of data will take place at the Danish Internet eXchange (DIX), which is placed in Lyngby on the premises of UNI•C.

1. Definitions
Internet network shall mean a communications network running the TCP/IP and other Internet protocols.
A customer of a party in this agreement also means a customer of a customer, etc.

2. General Terms
2.1 Exchange of traffic

The parties agree that they will exchange digital communications traffic at the DIX subject to other terms mentioned in this agreement.

2.2 No restriction of customers
Each party agrees not to filter traffic from a customer of the other party based on 1) The content of the transmission, or 2) that customer being a service provider itself.

2.3 No wire-tapping
Except for control traffic which must be examined in order for the parties to operate their respective Internet networks, neither party shall monitor or capture the contents of any data or other traffic which passes through the DIX. Neither party shall modify the infrastructure in any way for the express purpose of examining the contents of the other party's customer's data unless an appropriate court order is in force.

Except as otherwise agreed between the parties and with third parties as appropriate, neither party shall, with respect to data passing through the DIX, provide to third parties any statistical information itemized by service provider, by company, or by IP address; provided that each party may provide its customers with their own statistical data.

3. Network operations
3.1 Operations
Each party will at its own expense and on a reasonable efforts basis, provide network operations centre (NOC) support in cooperation with the other so as to maintain the smooth operation of the Internetwork service. Each party will make reasonable efforts to achieve a minimum end-to-end one-way packet delay.

3.2 Customer support
Each party will be responsible for handling the interface (e.g. receiving descriptions of, and solving problems or answering questions) with its customers.

3.3 Route aggregation
Each party will use reasonable efforts to provide the highest practicable level of route aggregation in its exchange of routes with the other party.

3.4 Route flap
Each party will make reasonable efforts to minimize the amount of route flap (or change in routes) transmitted from their own network to the other party's network.

3.5 Traffic information
Each of the parties will make reasonable efforts to collect during the term hereof, and provide to the other party, traffic information with respect to its Internet network in order to better understand the nature of the traffic passing through the parties' respective Internet networks.

4. Transit traffic
Transit traffic is traffic that has its origin or destination in a network which is not part of this agreement. Such traffic shall not be covered by the agreement.

5. Settlement fees
Each party agrees not to charge the other party for interconnection-related matters, including charges based on traffic volume, commonly called "settlements", until mutually agreed by the parties.

6. Press releases
The parties will publicly announce that they have completed this agreement.

7. Liability/warranty disclaimer
The parties make no warranties of any kind regarding the interconnection, express or implied, including, but not limited to, any warranty of mercantability or fitness for a particular purpose. In no event shall either party be liable to the other party, its customers or any third party for any lost or distorted messages, damage to or destruction of data, information files or databases, loss of profits or other economic loss, or for any other direct, indirect, special or consequential damages resulting from the performance or non-performance of this agreement.

8. Governing law
This agreement shall be governed by the Danish law.

9. Each party's service fees
Each party will independently establish the charges to its customers for the services provided under this agreement.

10. Force majeure
Neither party shall be responsible for failure to fulfil its obligations due to causes beyond its control.

11. Term and termination
This agreement shall continue in effect until terminated by one of the parties. This agreement is initially for the period xx-xx-xxxx to yy-yy-yyyy. The agreement will be extended automatically for additional one-year periods except where either network gives 3-months' advance notice.

12. Assignment
Each party may assign its rights and responsibilities to another organisation upon written notice to the other party in the event of merger, sale, or transfer of its ownership to such organisation, provided that the assignee is a firm duly organised to conduct Internet network business. Each party may also assign its rights and responsibilities to a parent, affiliate or subsidiary of the assignor upon written notice to the other party, provided that the assignee is a firm duly organised to conduct Internet network business.

13. Severability
If any provision of this agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be contrary to law, the remaining provisions of this agreement will remain in full force and effect.

14. Disputes
Neither party will be in default of this agreement until the other party has provided the defaulting party with written notice and a reasonable amount of time (not to exceeding 30 days) to cure.

15. Contact information
Main contact in operational matters at NET1 is X.
Main contact in operational matters at NET2 is Y.

16. Signatures
For and on behalf of OP1:

For and on behalf of OP2: