In a bid to improve the Philippine’s Internet service, PLDT has partnered with Globe Telecom to establish a bilateral IP peering arrangement.
PLDT and Globe’s IP Peering Arrangement
The IP peering arrangement between PLDT and Globe will allow direct local exchange of traffic between PLDT’s Philippine Internet Exchange (PhIX) and Globe Internet Exchange (GIX).
“This is a very positive development and is in line with our digital pivot. We are focused on taking effective measures to improve internet services in the country. IP peering is one such measure. By keeping local traffic local, we improve the internet experience of both PLDT and Globe subscribers,” said Ernesto R. Alberto, PLDT Executive Vice President and Head of Enterprise.
Alberto added, “the intention here is to keep local traffic within the country which should lower latency due to less hops and thus, should result in marked improvements in fixed broadband and mobile internet services in the country. This milestone agreement ushers in new ways of establishing partnerships within the industry in order to improve internet services throughout the country.”
The partnership paves the way for the initial phase of bilateral peering which is localized IP traffic exchange between the PLDT Group broadband and mobile subscribers and Globe Group subscribers. This also means that the two telcos will work towards executing a fuller bilateral peering agreement within 90 days after the initial phase has been accepted.
Only time will tell if this translates to real world improvements for our current Internet situation, but this is a good start. I’m glad they were able to set aside their “differences” and come together to give us with what we deserve — a world class Internet experience.
The memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed in Makati last June 16, 2016. Senator Bam Aquino was there to witness the signing. The initial phase should be completed 30 days after the execution of the MOA.