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OnNetworks ® is New Zealand’s smartest little internet company and fully owned subsidiary of Knossos Networks, founded as a IT consultancy by Don Stokes and John Rumsey in March 2001
Knossos Networks offers Internet connectivity, consulting, development and facilities management services to our clients. The Team’s areas of expertise include:
Flat-rate broadband Internet connectivity;
Domain Name System (DNS);
Network traffic analysis and billing;
Development using open source operating systems and tools;
Systems management of Unix and open source systems;
Network development and consulting.
Don and John both had experience in Unix systems and Internet services dating back to the time that they were working at Victoria University of Wellington Don started an operation at the University to connect organisations to the Internet in 1992, this operation became so successful that the University set up a separate company called NetLink, which at one point was shipping close to 40% of the New Zealand Internet traffic overseas. (NetLink was sold to Telstra New Zealand in the late 90s for approx. $24m!)
After both running successful consultancy businesses Don and John started Knossos Networks to expand their business operations and deliver on a software development contract with Internet New Zealand and the Domain Registry Services. Knossos is still involved in ensuring that the New Zealand Domain Name Service is operational. Mat Watkins worked at Victoria University of Wellington managing the voice network while Don managed the data network. Mat joined Don at NetLink once he was converted to the wonderful world of TCP/IP, and then went on to deliver New Zealand’s first national metro ethernet network (IP Express) with Clear Communications 1999.
Later at Enable Networks in Christchurch, Mat brought in Don to design and build a next generation layer two network, EnableEthernet®, in 2008. After Enable Networks won the Ultra Fast Broadband contract for Christchurch and surrounding areas, Mat left Enable Networks in 2011 to become a Director of Knossos and started working with the talented team there to develop OnNetworks® which is a fully owned subsidiary of Knossos Networks Limited.