A few days ago PLDT and Globe announced that they signed a Memorandum of Agreement to finally allow IP peering between the telco companies. What does this mean for the everyday Filipino Internet user? At this point we can’t really say how big of an effect this will have for everyone.
Based on the press releases by the two telcos, they’re saying that roughly 20% of Internet traffic is domestic. This 20% should feel the brunt of the improvement since data will no longer have to travel outside of the country and then back to the Philippines thanks to the peering. This applies only to locally hosted content like local websites, applications, and online services. This doesn’t apply to the more frequented international services like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and other global sites hosted outside of the Philippines.
Will everyone else feel the benefit of IP Peering? Theoretically, yes. The 20% will decongest the Internet highway and will allow the 80% International traffic more room. However we doubt it would be something that a lot of people can immediately feel.
So what’s the summary? IP Peering is a good step forward, but it’s not the silver bullet that will solve our Internet speed woes. At the end of the day we need more cell sites, submarine cables, and optimised infrastructure so that both telcos can efficiently service the growing demand for data in the Philippines. Hopefully all of this will happen soon. We’re still going to hold MVP to his promise that we will feel big improvements in 6 months.