Globe Telecom confirmed on Wednesday, Oct. 7, that it is in talks with PLDT for an IP peering arrangement but the Ayala-owned telco demanded that its rival implement a total and unconditional interconnection deal.
Globe claimed that PLDT?s proposal will prevent Globe customers from accessing content and applications hosted by PLDT data centers that includes ePLDT, Vitro, Sun Cellular, and Smart Communications.
?The proposal does not go far enough even to meet the definition of peering. We are hoping any bilateral arrangement with PLDT would effectively reduce latency of local intent and improve Internet speed,? Globe chief operating officer Gil Genio said in a statement.
?As is, PLDT?s proposed peering agreement won?t be effective in improving the country?s Internet speed as it doesn?t allow Globe customers to directly access content and applications hosted by the PLDT group without exception,? Genio stated.
Globe said it has already pointed this out to PLDT executives, who will look at the possibility of revising their proposal.
?Having an agreement on IP peering is one thing and monitoring to make sure all websites, content and applications are in fact visible to us is another thing and should be a constant process,? he said.
The company said an ideal peering relationship entails generally accepted practices of peering where one has access to the other and vice versa, unconditionally.
Nonetheless, Genio stressed that PLDT?s decision to bring the issue at the negotiating table is commendable, noting that Globe has been actively advocating for IP peering for more than six years now.
?We are optimistic as PLDT has finally responded positively to our long-standing call for IP peering. We are confident that ongoing discussions will lead to better quality of Internet services benefiting customers of both parties and the country as a whole,? he said.
Globe earlier emphasized that an all-inclusive IP peering arrangement among major Internet service providers in the country is still needed to boost local Internet speed, following PLDT?s recent decision to host a local IP peering exchange, Philippine Open Internet Exchange (PHOpenIX).
PLDT?s arrangement with PHOpenIX does not require the dominant carrier to exchange traffic with other ISPs via the local Internet exchange. Instead, the deal will only allow PLDT clients to peer directly with government websites through the PHOpenIX.
An all-inclusive IP peering arrangement among ISPs will keep a substantial portion of local data traffic local which means access time is shorter and faster, Globe said.
It is expected to benefit customers with better experience and reduce delays in customer applications such as games, Genio explained, noting that IP peering arrangement in developed economies usually covers all data traffic of ISPs concerned.
If implemented, such arrangement will encourage multinational companies to locate their websites, services and businesses in the country. Such facility will also ease the country?s dependence on International cables and improve data resiliency, he added.