PLDT finally signs IP peering agreement with PHOpenIX
We’ve been told by the office of Sen. Bam Aquino that PLDT has finally agreed to be part of the local IP peering group, Philippine Open Internet Exchange (PHOpenIX), which is 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.
One of the biggest benefit when local ISPs are interconnected via the PHOpenIX is shorter transit time between a subscriber of one ISP to another subscriber of a competing provider. This is true with services and content that is hosted by one ISP that is accessed by a subscriber of a competing provider will also be faster as the IP connection no longer goes out of the country and back. Gamers will also experience lower latency time when accessing game servers of members of the PHOpenIX.
Members of the PHOpenIX include Sky Broadband, Eastern Telecoms, Globe telecom, Birstop Networks, Comclark, Bayantel, DataOne, Akamai, PhilCom, BellTel, DataOne Asia and many others.
The only big player that has not joined the local IP peering is PLDT. This is the reason why some sectors are pointing at the telco why the internet in the Philippines is slow. PLDT has been resisting calls from the private and public sector to join the local peering group for the longest time.
This development will finally resolve that issue that has been the subject of debates and even a senate inquiry led by Sen. Bam Aquino.
The PHOpenIX has seen huge growth in traffic that goes thru the exchange.
The current peering has seen traffic as high as 10Gbps going thru the exchange during peak hours. With PLDT joining the exchange, we will certainly see this traffic increase significantly.
We’ve been invited by the office of the senator to witness the signing of the MOA assigning the PHOpenIX as the official Government Internet Protocol Exchange as well as the signing of ASTI and PLDT to become the 3rd physical connection point of PHOpenIX.
We also wrote about “Why Internet is Slow and Expensive in the Philippines“.
Update: During the press briefing, we asked more details about the peering agreement. Read our story on “Details of PLDT’s IP Peering Agreement with PHOpenIX“.