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3 Ways You Will Feel the Effects of Globe-PLDT IP Peering




Globe and PLDT has made yet another huge announcement last Thursday when they both agreed on a bilateral domestic IP peering. This is less than a month after their joint acquisition of the telco business of San Miguel and the immediate use of the 700MHz frequency to improve mobile internet.

The discussion on a local peering agreement between the two biggest telcos in the country has been on the table for about a decade already. There has been resistance on either of the two but recent developments in the political climate and the mounting pressure to provide faster and more reliable internet service has prompted the two to work faster.
To regular subscribers, the term IP Peering may seem too technical so for the purpose of this article, let’s plainly explain it as a direct connection between the two networks of both telcos. It’s like opening the C5 road via Mindanao Avenue to traffic from NLEX to SLEX instead of going the old usual route which is longer (via Balintawak -> Mayon -> Espana -> Lacson – Quirino -> SLEX).

So how will this domestic IP peering really help make the internet faster? We give you three examples:

1. Online Gaming. If you play one of those online gaming that’s either exclusively hosted on Globe and PLDT, your response time (latency) will significantly improve. This is because the request from your PC client to the game server will have a shorter route. What would have been a 300ms latency will now be reduced to between 30-90ms. This means fewer to no lags, reduces risk of disconnection and better over-all gaming experience.

You can check this by loading SpeedTest.net in your browser and manually selecting the server of both Globe and PLDT and check if the Ping results are almost similar between the two.

2. Browsing Locally-Hosted Websites. There are not a lot of popular websites that are hosted domestically but those that are hosted by local data centers of PLDT and Globe would experience better load times. Most likely, government-owned sites like DFA online appointment and passport renewal system, the NBI Online Clearance system and the BIR eFPS would load much faster because they can now be accessed domestically by subscribers on either telcos.

However, internationally hosted sites like CNN, HuffPo, TechCrunch or Engadget would not gain any benefit from this.

3. Downloading Torrents. Since each seeder is basically a server hosting local content, other peers in the network that downloads these seeded content will get it faster. This is the same effect you will notice when you are seeding a file in your home network from a PC and another PC or laptop tries to download that same file. Instead of going outside your home network to get it elsewhere, the content is routed within your network and the download speed is significantly faster.

The new arrangement in IP peering could also encourage huge global sites to host their content locally if they generate significant traffic from the country.

Over-all, it will be the online gamers that will significantly feel the improvement while the general internet user might not even feel as much. Still, it’s an arrangement that is long overdue and a step forward, nonetheless.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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29 Responses

  1. curio says:

    These are all good news but the final frontier is still to lower the cost of high-speed internet so we can experience near “South Korea” type of internet.

    • Gian says:

      Realistically, Mahirap i implement ang South Korea Internet speeds nang hindi magmamahal nang husto para sa Consumers dahil sa Geography. Ang mga major cities ng South Korea nasa iisang land mass, madaling maglatag ng Internet Cable para sa wired at wireless connection. Dito, kailangan ng Undersea cables para i connect ang Manila sa Cebu, Cebu sa Aklan, Negros, Palawan,… Mahirap at mahal gawin yun…

  2. IANVARIVS says:

    Finally!

  3. Dan Rivera says:

    Yes I can definitely feel the third benefit mentioned above (torrent), because Globe and PLDT don’t have bandwidth caps. Any benefit is nullified due to the fact that there exists a bandwidth cap whatever telco you choose. These two telcos are just cementing their duopoly in the guise of providing “better” service for the users. They are in collusion to fix prices, with us at the losing end.

  4. @IllegalAccnt says:

    I dunno but after the said update on both telcos, speedtest results are… 29mbps now from 2mbps before.. Ping from 80-100ndown to 30-40

  5. FTW says:

    Ibig sabihin ba nito lalakas na ang upload speed sa Pinas?

    • zodylogan says:

      for example kung may data centre (storage ng files) ang Facebook sa Manila at naka-connect lang yung local datacenter nila sa PLDT, pero Globe ka at kelangang mong mag-upload ng video sa FB…

      before IP peering (in my knowledge), mas mabagal kasi ganito ang tatahakin ng video mo:
      [video]–>[Globe]–>[ibang bansa]–>[loob ng bansa]–>[PLDT]–>[Facebook]

      after IP peering, ganito nalang kadali:
      [video]–>[Globe]–>[PLDT]–>[Facebook]

      Pero most websites kasi (including FB) ang data centre nila nasa ibang bansa so… sorry.

  6. Ibalik ang unlimited. Tanggaling ang capping. Aanhin mo mabilis kung mabilis mo lang mahit ang capping. Wala din kwenta.

  7. Zoelski says:

    Ibalik ang unlimited internet. Aanhin mo mabilis ng internet kung ang capping mo mabilis mo ma hit balik 2G speed na naman internet mo. Wala din kwenta.

  8. Calzado says:

    Tried speedtest from PLDT to Globe server. This is DSL plan.

    Latency-wise: Still high. ~300ms (compared to pldt own server ~20ms)
    Downstream: quite surprised here, attained 4.91mbps (plan 5mbps) PLDT to globe server speedtest.
    Upstream: attained 0.41mbps (should be 0.81mbps)

    • Abe Olandres says:

      Getting the same results. It looks like the ASN is yet to be fully propagated. But the speed to the other server indicates that it is already locally routed.

  9. BIKTIMA KAMI LAHAT NG SUN CELLULAR says:

    NOW GUYS LISTEN

    IF IT’S ABOUT THE TELCOS

    IT IS ALL TOO CLEAR

    & SO OBVIOUS NOW THAT…

    SA GOBYERNO NI “NOY-NOY”

    LAHAT TAYO AY “NGA-NGA”

    WHILE…

    SA GOBYERNO NI “DU30”

    LAHAT AY “DO… DO… DO”

    OHHH DI BA !!!

    SAAN KA ???

  10. Den says:

    Gawa muna bago salita pldt / globe pass internet lokohan!

  11. wtf says:

    ABOUT TIME!!!! dapat bigyan ng full government support kung sinoman ang 3rd/4th telecom player/s para tumigil na ang pangit, mabagal, mahal at di-malaganap na internet service…

  12. hee hee says:

    Finally!? PLDT is now realizing how retarded their stand was on domestic IP peering. Just hopefully they make all routes used the new links. And for redundancy, make a separate intetconnection in Cebu not just in GMM.

  13. BIKTIMA KAMI LAHAT NG SUN CELLULAR says:

    NOW GUYS LISTEN…

    IF IT’S ABOUT THE TELCOS

    IT IS ALL TOO CLEAR

    & SO OBVIOUS NOW THAT…

    SA GOBYERNO NI “NOY-NOY”

    LAHAT TAYO AY “NGA-NGA”

    WHILE…

    SA GOBYERNO NI “DU30”

    LAHAT AY “DO… DO… DO”

    OHHH DI BA !!!

    SAAN KA ???

    • MarkEduard says:

      TAMANG-TAMA PO! Ang naging problema lang naman kasi kay pangulong Aquino, ay masyado nyang ibinabalanse ang salita, at gawa! samantalang sa mahal na pangulong Duterte, matipid sa salita, naguumapaw naman sa gawa! si pangulong Aquino kasi, halatang pinoprotektahan ang mga kalakal ng kanyang mga kamag-anak at kaibigan. samantalang ang mahal na pangulong Duterte naman, ay wala ni-isa o kung ano-ano ni kani-kaninong interes na pinoprotektahan, maliban na, ang sa akin; at sayo, mga simpleng Pilipino! di lang nagkukumahog sa pagka-taranta ang mga druglords, kundi pati na ang mga nigosyanteng HALANG!, ang mga kaluluwa! kun di pa sinabihang bubuksan at papapasukin ang mga dayuhang mamumuhunan para dagliang mapabilis ang internet sa Pilipinas, eh di pa magkukumahog! ang takot lang kasi nila, at alam kasi nilang di kaya ni kanino man ang mabali ang anomang binitiwang mga salita’t pangako ng ating mahal na pangulong Duterte. YAN, at nakahanap na talaga kayo ng totoong katapat!!

  14. BIKTIMA KAMI LAHAT NG SUN CELLULAR says:

    NOW GUYS LISTEN….

    IF IT’S ABOUT THE TELCOS

    IT IS ALL TOO CLEAR

    & SO OBVIOUS NOW THAT…

    SA GOBYERNO NI “NOY-NOY”

    LAHAT TAYO AY “NGA-NGA”

    WHILE…

    SA GOBYERNO NI “DU30”

    LAHAT AY “DO… DO… DO”

    OHHH DI BA !!!

    SAAN KA ???

  15. Epek! says:

    Pabor sa dalawang telcos yan para mas mabilis mahit ang capping ng consumers, more kwarta sa kanila yan

  16. Henry Go says:

    Ala ng pag asa yan khit anung gawin nila. Maliit upload nyan kht business plan pa less than 0.4mb ang upload ng 10mbps ng pldt na yan. Pldt magnanakaw hinayupak pinagkaisahan ako sa free telpad daw na ala daw dagdag sa monthly bill. Pero 900 ipinatong nila. Hinihingi ko voice conversation namin ayaw ibigay imposible daw. Tapos napakasinungaling marami daw nag imbestiga at pinakinggan voice conversation namin at sinabi daw yung itataas bill. Hinamon pa ko humanap ng attorney. Ilang months ayaw talaga nila bawiin. Nung humingi ako tulong sa NTC para hingin conversation nila, aba 3days lang binawi nila agad telpad upgrade.

  17. Henry Go says:

    At yung up to 10mbps nila sa tanghali lalo na sa gabi ala pang kalahati ng speed binibigay halos 4mbps lang. Kaya lumipat ako sa convergy khit palpak din serbisyo. Napakawalanghiya kc ng tauhan nila. Kampi kampi napakasinungaling hanggang sa pa disconnect na lang ha, di agad nila pinutol tapos sisingilin ako sa so sobrang araw, at isisi bat daw itinawag ko sa 171, kasalanan ko daw dhil tinawag ko pa. Kaya ko nmn itinawag lag pas na ng araw di pa din nila pinuputol.

  18. blackwing says:

    Actually, in the long run internationally hosted sites like CNN, HuffPo, TechCrunch or Engadget may become faster as a result of the pering. The reason is that CDNs (content distibution networks) will finally be encouraged to create a local endpoint that can inter-operate with the local ISPs.

  19. Is this already in effect? If not, when? If yes, oh shit I dont feel the difference.

  20. bleedinghrtz says:

    Kaya pala nung isang araw biglang pumalo ng 1,000 – 1,500 yung download speed ko, tapos upload speed halos 100 – 500 kb

    Sabi ko sa sarili ko, “May sakit ba yung Globe? First time ever to sa Globe Tattoo na mag 1mb yung DL speed sa uTorrent from Kat.cr and PirateBay” Tawang tawa ako bigla..

  21. Darren says:

    I think this is good news. Pero I prefer to have the Philippine market for especially on internet services to open to foreign and other ISP providers like Verizon and Telstra. I think this would open a lot of opportunities to upgrade the speeds and services of the ISPs and also decrease the price and downtime of internet.

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