21 July 2014

Why Should PLDT to Connect PHOpenIX: Persuaded by Globe Telecom

In its way to improving internet speed, Globe is urging PLDT to support IP Peering by connecting to Philippine Open Internet Exchange(PHOpenIX). In that IP peering, the internet traffic will be exchanged freely between IPS. Peering is a great way to improve internet services domestically.

Globe Telecom persuades PLDT to connect Philippine Open Internet Exchange(PHOpenIX), an Internet exchange facility which is operated by the Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute allowing internet service providers to interconnect freely.

What is Peering?

Peering is quite a useful way to improve internet speed and services. In computer networking term, it is a voluntary interconnection of separate Internet networks(ISPs) for the purpose of exchanging traffic between the users of each of those networks.

Why Should PLDT to PHOpenIX?
While in three years of opposing the NTC's proposed Mandatory IP Peering Policy, PLDT recently supports with the IP Peering.

IP Peering is very important part of every ISP. If both Networks support IP Peering, then it will greatly improve the internet speed, the throughput, the latency performance of ISPs, the bandwidth utilization, and the user web satisfaction in the country especially direct route in accessing local content. Statistically, around 15% to 30% of all traffic in the Philippines came from itself or domestic traffic.

Globe Telecom currently has a 10Gbps port with Vitro Internet Exchange (VIX), which is hosted by PLDT. However, Globe does not have any Internet traffic to any PLDT subscribers through VIX but only with other ISPs. Claravall, Vice President for Consumer Broadband Products, said that Globe is open to peer with PLDT anytime.

With its joint hearing of the Senate committees on trade and public services, the NTC cited the support lack of IP peering among local ISPs as one of the factors that contribute to slower internet speeds in the country. The regulatory body pointed out that in the case of Singapore and South Korea, for instance, internet content are mostly generated internally, as a result of an effective IP peering policy, which in turn enhances internet speed.

Source: Globe Telecom Press Release

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