PLDT ties up with Philippine Open Internet Exchange to improve country’s internet speed

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The Philippines’ largest telecommunications company PLDT has connected to the Philippine Open Internet Exchange (PHOPenIX), a move that is expected to help enable faster Internet speed in the country.

PLDT is scheduled to sign on September 7 a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) wherein PLDT will become third physical connection point of PHOpenIX. ASTI is the operator of PHOpenIX.

On the same day of the MoA signing, PHOPenIX will be designated as the official G/IPX or Government Internet Protocol Exchange as per Administrative Order No. 39.

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ASTI along with DOST and the latter’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Office (DOST-ICTO) will lead the formal announcement of PHOpenIX’s designated role as the country’s G/IPX.

PHOPenIX is currently the only Exchange in the local Internet industry operated by a neutral institution that allows the exchanges of Internet traffic in a free-market environment among local internet and data service providers.

“These two events will ensure that Internet traffic to and from government networks will be transmitted efficiently and securely in compliance with Administrative Order 39,” said DOST-ICTO in a statement.

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Since last year, rival telco firms, several private companies, including some senators have been clamoring to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to force PLDT to connect to PHOpenIX instead to the Hong Kong Internet Exchange (HKIX) since the latter scheme makes routing data overseas and terminating locally to be longer.

PLDT has also been reported to reject direct peering with telco competitors which critics labeled as a “monopolistic business practice.”

Only recently, global Internet provider Ookla revealed in its household download index report that the Philippines ranked 21st out of 22 countries in Asia to have slow Internet speed followed by Afghanistan.

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