IP Peering Agreement Between Globe and PLDT Made for Faster Internet in the Philippines
A memorandum of agreement (MOA), an IP peering agreement, was signed Thursday by the two telco giants, Globe Telecom Inc. and PLDT Inc.. This MOA will allow the direct local exchange of traffic between PLDT’s Philippine Internet Exchange (PhIX) and Globe Internet Exchange (GIX) that is allotted to each other’s own broadband and mobile customers. The objective is to keep local traffic within the country.
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A Previous IP Peering Proposal Rejected
Back in August 2011, Globe counsel Froilan Castelo said, “When IP traffic needs to go from point A to point B – especially when both points are located within the Philippines – the transmission route taken ought to be the most direct, and certainly not international.” An IP peering policy was proposed by the National Telecommunications Communications (NTC) but PLDT rejected it.
Earlier this month, Philippines president-elect Rody Duterte gave the two telecommunications giants the chance to improve the internet service in the Philippines after PLDT and Globe gained control of San Miguel Corporation’s coveted 700-megahertz frequency.
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IP Peering Agreement Completion
PLDT said that the IP peering agreement “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, which should be completed 30 days after the execution of the MOA.”
The agreement also mandates Globe and PLDT to work towards executing a “fuller” bilateral peering agreement within 90 days after the initial phase has been accepted.