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PHOpenIX drops bombshell at PhNOG’s 1st IP Peering forum

By Wilson Chua

Updated

The PHNOG (Philippine Network Operators Group) concluded the 1st Philippine IP Peering Forum. This was held last week at the City Garden Hotel in Makati. Bayani Benjamin R. Lara of ASTI-DOST presented his paper at this IP peering forum. One of his slides caught my attention.  It is reproduced below:

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In the graph above, the green waves represent the amount of incoming internet traffic. While the blue waves represent the outgoing internet bandwidth. This graph measures the usage among the ISPs and networks in PHOpenIX over the last few days.

This graph shows the bandwidth that does not need to go ‘overseas’. It is bandwidth that is ‘saved’ because it travels locally. Local traffic is cheaper than international traffic. This is like making a local call and making an international call. The toll charges will kill you.

Note the bandwidth saved goes beyond 20 gigabit per second. How fast is 20gbps? You can download an entire Blu-ray movie in about 11 seconds. If we put a monetary value to this bandwidth savings, it would be over PHP 240 million a year. The 240 million savings is equal to what the DSWD needs to support 48,000 school children yearly for its 4P Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program!

In 2016 PHOpenIX saw 19 new member networks join PHOpenIX. This is the biggest so far. Already, Telstra, CableLink and PT&T upgraded their links from 1gbps to 10gpbs. Facebook joined with their servers. This is in addition to Google and YouTube servers that are already there. More partners, more content and higher bandwidth links means higher bandwidth savings for all of us.

Peering and speeding up the internet

If you don’t understand what “Peering” is or why it speeds up your internet experience, I can explain further. Peering puts important networks together in one place. Because of this, user traffic do not need to travel far.

I will use Em Jay’s brilliant Mall concept to explain why peering is important:

Peering is like shopping. You want all your favorite stores in one super mall. Because they are in the same mall, you can shop ‘locally’. You don’t have to travel to different places to shop from different stores. Each time you do HAVE to shop outside the mall, you suffer EDSA-like traffic. Then there is parking. You wasted your time travelling rather than shopping.

In the same way, ISPs  connect with other ISPs at a common location. This is the ‘mall’ or what we call a peering point or Internet exchange. The more ISPs connect at this ‘mall’, the better it is for you. Peering makes traffic go faster and reduces ‘lag’.

The future looks brighter.

The 20gbps bandwidth savings in PHOpenIX can grow much further. Look at Hong Kong Internet Exchange (HKIX) and see the huge potential.

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Remember that Hong Kong’s 8 million people can generate peered traffic of over 700gbps. What more with the Philippines and its over 100 million people? The day will come when PHOpenIX will match or exceed HKIX in terms of bandwidth savings. That is the day your 3D videos will stream smoothly. Your games will play without lag –if only all the major players join in. (Hint)

Act Now

You can make the difference. You can help PHOpenIX grow even faster. You can ask your current ISP to “FULLY” peer with PHOpenIX. Our internet community depends on you.

About PHNOG:

Jigs Sevilla, Bayani Benjamin R. Lara and Achie Atienza formed the Philippines Network Operators’ Group (PhNOG). PHNOG is a non-profit organization established to promote coordination among Network Operators in Philippines. Its focus is knowledge development on technical issues/concerns regarding the Internet and network management.

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The conference was well attended. Amante Alvaran shares “Our friends from the international community (Cloudflare, Google, FB, Netflix, Hurricane Electric, NEC, and more)  and Guam University … was in the room as well”

 

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  • Pastor du Ijang

    PHOpenIX websites lists both PLDT and Globe as members. So what are they NOT doing yet? What does “full peering” mean?

    • Wilson Chua

      PLDT is doing bilateral peering. It is peered with only the Government networks and not the rest of the peered partners inside PHOpenIX. It is only ‘partial’ peering and not ‘full’ peering.

      • Pastor du Ijang

        Ahhh, so the usual suspect again – PLDT. And what is the reason they don’t want to do ‘full’ peering?

        • Wilson Chua

          Only they would know the real reason. Your guess is as good as mine Pastor.