Filtering debate at NetHui 2018

Mandatory filtering of our internet by government agencies is appropriate in NZ

Facilitators: Shane Hobson & Andrew Cushen

Good cop Andrew & bad cop Shane will lead a discussion on the topic of internet filtering by NZ Govt agencies. Shane will take the affirmative, explaining that the benefits to society of filtering outweigh the costs, while Andrew will vigorously defend every New Zealander’s right to an open and accessible internet.

Bypass is pleased to announce our promotion to the NZTE F700

According to the NZTE, segmentation into F700 is based on a company’s willingness to engage with NZTE, ambition, capability and capacity to grow internationally and past international growth performance.

Our global network is currently processing 47.5 Billion DNS queries per second at peak.

NZTE has played an essential role in helping Bypass navigate international expansion. Of particular value, we’ve benefitted from the Beachheads advisors, who are a network of private sector experts who offer perspective and insights to help our customers grow internationally.

We’re pleased to see that NZTE has recognised our investment in establishing an office in India.

For Bypass, this means a more intensive account managed relationship, where NZTE provides strategic advice and some judicious, trusted advisor insight based on seeing what works across the export sector.

90% of customers agree or strongly agree that NZTE has added value to their business.

We look forward to continuing to strengthen our working relationship with them to support our international growth.

About NZTE
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise is New Zealand’s economic development and trade promotion agency. New Zealand Trade and Enterprise helps companies grow internationally, bigger, better and faster, for the benefit of New Zealand.

Bypass strengthens team to continue international expansion

Manish Arora has been appointed as VP Engineering – South Asia. Manish’s appointment will provide local operational support for Bypass’ customers in India, Nepal and Bangladesh and pre-sales technical leadership for our partners in developing markets.

“What attracted me to working with Bypass is their focus to differentiate the data connection whether on fixed line or mobile with latest SDN and NFV technology without compromising the user experience”, comments Manish.

This new appointment is due to the results of the successful partnership between Bypass and Ekaga Futuristics, lead by Harkaran Sachdev, which has delivered financial results to justify this investment.

Shane Hobson has been appointed as Territory Manager – NZ and Pacific Islands. Shane has been appointed as Territory Manager to support Bypass’ New Zealand customers and help educate the Pacific Island ISPs about kid safe Internet and workplace productivity.

Bypass is also pleased to announce the appointment of global distribution specialist Comtec to represent Bypass in Qatar, UAE, Hong Kong and the UK markets.

“We are delighted to be working with Bypass because their unique network solutions are increasingly relevant to our carrier clients in the Middle East, Hong Kong and the UK. Their responsiveness and flexibility coupled with Comtec’s local presence in these markets have proved to be a formidable team”, commented John Buck, Comtec’s Managing Director of International Operations, who is based in the UAE.

“Comtec has already proven to-be a valuable strategic partner in the Middle East. Their local knowledge, executive relationships and willingness to jointly invest in market development is showing early signs of success. We’re working collaboratively with them to lead a bid to deploy Bypass’ new gaming acceleration and kid safe platforms with a leading operator.” says Matthew Jackson.

Bypass has also been working with the NZTE, utilising the Beachheads programme to create local strategic relationships. NZTE has helped with introductions and advice for India, Europe, the Pacific Islands and Hong Kong.

About Bypass

Bypass creates technology for broadband marketing teams to differentiate their brand and increase revenue. Bypass provides filtering services which keep kids safe online and helps telecommunications service providers meet industry regulated compliance requirements.

About Comtec

Established in the UK in 1978 Comtec has grown organically and by acquisition to become the UK’s leading supplier of telecoms, datacoms and audio visual equipment and services.

About Ekaga

Ekaga Futuristics Private Limited has been setup to address the gap which withholds the latest global innovators to enter into the South Asian market.Ekaga brings in Service Innovation to help such global start-ups enter the market.



ISPAI Presentation Kid Safe Internet

Bypass was asked to present about GeoLocation IP issues in Mumbai at SANOG28. We also had the opportunity to discuss some research about kid-safe Internet at the general meeting of ISPAI (Internet Services Providers Association of India) and learn more about India’s goals and challenges.


India has some major targets; to grow to 600,000 Internet users by 2020, with 250,000 fibre households & ubiquitous wifi to cover regional towns, rural citizens. The Internet for all & Internet for good is India’s goal. There are some significant barriers that will prevent this uptake. In New Zealand, if you wanted to offer a broadband service in the 90’s you applied for Project Probe funding from the Minister or more likely, just got on with building an unlicensed band network using 2.4 and 5.8 wireless gear.

In India, it is likely there will be an additional licence and registration process for regional wireless network operators. So why is this an issue, well it’s not just this, to get a mobile SIM you also have a registration process which requires a photo, passport and proof of location – many Indian citizens don’t have evidence of address. To set up P2P VPN for a business client, there another licence. These barriers make it more difficult to innovate and increase the burden of cost which is ultimately borne by the end user. This restriction decreases uptake and makes it harder for India to reach its goals.

The question I have to ask is – how much of this compliance is driven by incumbent lobbying to restrict market growth and reduce the impact of POTS revenue decline, how much is motivated by the fear of terrorism and how much is driven by top-down government control of policy. I suspect all of the above.

India is a market where you’ll see people regularly use two mobile phones to reduce cost as RCOM is known for moderate voice calling rates and Idea Cellular for low data fees. Price is everything in an emerging market where monthly income is low. I agree that the threat due to historical land challenges between neighbouring territories is real, but what I witnessed was a range of security measures. Therefore, I question the current effectiveness. In the five-star hotel where SANOG28 was hosted every car undercarriage is checked for explosives, and they had uniformed guards who saluted our entry but passed us through without too much fuss. In direct contrast the security in the western line station was the opposite, the metal detectors worked, but were not monitored; the guard was sleeping at their desks in the heat. There were only a small number metal detectors, certainly not enough to process the number of people passing through on a Sunday, let alone a work day where ten million people pass through every weekday morning.

For citizens, safety seemed far from a concern; I saw people hanging out the open door of trains which were passing mere centimetres from each other at high speed. Quite simply; are the measures to monitor and block access justified based on safety when WhatsApp encryption and Tor browsers with webRTC remove the ability for any telco, ISP or government to intercept communications?

To me, Mumbai is beautiful with its orderly chaos. Many miles away I know the approach we take Asia Pac – where privately-held internet companies are consumer advocates is different. Over time our goal is to help those in India see how the approach New Zealand has taken can benefit the telco, the consumer and the Internet. Ultimately this will assist the industry to reach their uptake goal sooner, which will raise the standard of living. In the short term, we’ll be helping address their compliance needs as operators in India face the same global challenges; consolidation of telco operators, explosive data growth, significant capital investment for 4G upgrades occurring Pan India and new challengers entering the market to disrupt. As the sector evolves in India we’re focused on ensuring our scalable DoT compliance platform addresses these challenges, and we graciously thank ISPAI and SANOG organising committee for the opportunity to be involved and host SANOG28.

‘Disruptive Behavior: How breaking DNS in New Zealand changed a market’

Kid Safe Research ISPAI Presentation

Thanks to SANOG

SANOG28 Mumbai Bypass Kid Safe Internet

Thanks to ISPAI


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