PTA gears up for IX and Peering Initiative

It comes as a stress reliever to read that PTA is finally inching towards pushing the local Internet industry towards a saner state where local traffic gets cleared locally without wasting the countries foreign exchange and without costings the end users hundreds of useless milliseconds of RTT delays.

PTA has issued an RFP that seeks consultation services on the topic of local Internet exchanges and peering points. I am not sure what direct role can PTA play in private peering as it is mostly a two-party arrangement for their own respective good with little intervention required by any third party. However, the IX domain will greatly benefit from PTA exerting its role and responsibility in bringing major players on-board.

Also, the move is going to have a direct financial impact on the top-of-the-chain IP bandwidth providers like PTCL and TW who currently do not discriminate between local and transit bandwidth and make money for both types of the bandwidths alike. With IX infrastructures in place, customer IP requirements for local needs will drop down in the short term but, as a rule, IX infrastructure will promote the overall appetite of the industry for more transit bandwidth as a whole.

Let’s hope for the best.

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9 Responses to “PTA gears up for IX and Peering Initiative”

  1. Rizwan Says:

    This is very good and welcome news, not only that the end use r will benefit, the ISP’s will have much more flexibility. It will be much more effective if peering is done under the governance of a neutral body i-e. Having a peering exchange point, may be more than one which are not managed by PTCL.

  2. Rizwan Says:

    Just to add to my above comments, broadband services being offered in Pakistan, simply won’t evolve if peering is not done right. We will get stuck just like we have with dial up for more than two decades.

  3. Babar Bhatti Says:

    Wow … this is so interesting that after the recent TGP discussion on this topic, the RFP has come up. Perhaps there’s a link or may be PTA was already working on it for a while.

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  9. shoaib from speedtest.pk Says:

    Great Advancement from PTA end now there the cost of Internet access may decrease for local consumes of Internet


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