QuikNET is an International Internet
communications network designed, built, and maintained by Quik. QuikNet is specifically
designed to carry Internet traffic for geographically dispersed ISPs and their customers.
It is the only Internet network we are aware of that separates server traffic from access
traffic. The savings to Quik's franchise owners is huge.
The main gateway for network traffic is in
Australia. This is where QuikNET links to first tier Internet backbone provider. In
addition we have connections to public Internet exchanges at MAE-LA and MAE-West as well
as Internet ports from BCTell in Vancouver, Canada, and BBN Planet and UUNet in the United
States. The links to the remote cities are accomplished by using a virtual private network
(VPN) from WorldCom and Sprint.
The network is supported by IBM RS/6000 servers in Canada, the United States, Guatemala,
United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia. These servers are used by the Quik franchises
exclusively. They support Cheetah, DNS, USENET, email, WWW, FTP, and Unix shell accounts.
Sharing centralized Quik servers reduces by 70 percent the capital equipment expenditure
needed to start an ISP. The average ISP spends $150 per customer on hardware and software.
A Quik franchise owner spends $18 per customer on capital equipment and software.
Average up-time for QuikNET (communications
and servers included) is more than 99.9 percent.