Globe pushes for all-inclusive peering arrangement with Internet firms

Globe Telecom Inc. is pushing for an all-inclusive Internet Protocol peering among major Internet service providers in the country to boost local Internet speed.

“From a technical perspective, localization is optimization. Any amount of traffic localized will contribute to access improvement and cost savings. However, given that around 80 percent of access content is foreign, there is minimal impact on Internet speed,” Globe lawyer Froilan Castelo said.  

“What we need is an all-inclusive IP peering arrangement among all ISPs. Peering of PLDT clients with government sites won’t cut it,” he said.

The remaining 20 percent is Philippine traffic. This means domestic traffic originates in the Philippines and terminates in the Philippines.

However, of this 20 percent supposedly local traffic, up to 70 percent is routed outside the country, such as Asia, US and Europe, before returning to the Philippines.

Instead of getting routed directly between origin and destination locally, traffic is routed outwards through others networks, incurring additional IP transit costs, before the data is routed back to its target destination, thus causing delay in data transmission and effectively slowing internet connectivity, Castelo said.

Globe issued the statement after rival Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co.  signed an agreement with the Department of Science and Technology, which allows its clients to peer directly with government Web sites through the Philippine Open Internet Exchange.

PLDT’s arrangement with PHOpenIX does not require the dominant carrier to exchange traffic with other ISPs via the local Internet exchange.

“Still, competition’s decision to connect with PHOpenIX is a step towards the right direction. At the end of the day, anything that will boost local internet speed is beneficial for the entire industry and we will be supportive of such initiatives,” Castelo said.

Maintained by DOST ASTI (Advanced Science and Technology Institute), PHOpenIX is the only exchange in the Philippine Internet industry operated by a neutral institution that allows the exchanges of Internet traffic in a free-market environment among local Internet and data service providers.

Globe, according to Castelo, was open to have IP peering effected with its main competitor, whether by mandate of the government or through a bilateral arrangement.

“Peering offers a variety of advantages for our customers. As more and more of our customers shift to a digital lifestyle, we want to deliver as much traffic as possible in a way that provides optimal user experience,” he said.

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