I was recently discussing with a friend Jio’s Fifa streaming issues. Considering PNI capacity challenges with other telcos, I wonder if they were serving FIFA streams out of their network or if it would be on some CDN like Akamai. As I was testing, I noticed a couple of megs of flow data with my provider’s local IP. Turns out that was a local Google GGC node in Rohtak and as I try to connect to it, it replies on HTTP port 80 and 443.
Yesterday there was an article in the Indian paper Financial Express with the title “OTTs may have to pay access charge to telcos”. Quoting a few points from the article: Social media intermediaries like WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, and over-the-top (OTT) players like Netflix, Prime Video and Disney+Hotstar may have to pay a carriage charge to telecom service providers Data, particularly video, comprises 70% of the overall traffic flow on telecom networks, and this would grow further with the rollout of 5G services Upon reference from the DoT, Trai is currently studying various possible models under which OTTs can be brought within the purview of some form of regulation According to sources, an interconnect regime is a must between OTTs and telcos because as 5G services grow, there would be immense data/ video load on networks, which may lead to them getting clogged or even crashing at times.
CERT-IN i.e Computer Emergency Response Team, India issued new guidelines on 28th April. Guidelines essentially ask those VPN providers to keep a log of customer details, their IP addresses, emails, phone numbers etc and maintain that log for at least 5 years. The detailed notification is here. This not only extends to VPN players but also to datacenters, VPS, cloud service providers etc. I can understand the problem they are trying to solve as most criminal activities are hidden behind VPN players and investigating agencies just hit a dead end as they see the WAN IP of a VPN player.
In the early phase of Russia - Ukraine war, Ukraine made a strange request to ICANN. They asked ICANN to remove .ru (Russian ccTLD) from the root DNS servers, revoke SSL certs for .ru and shut down root DNS servers hosted in Russia. Here are the three requests they made: Complete letter is here (and original source is here). This is going to be one of few notable cases where critical internet infrastructure is being weaponised.
I am in Bangalore for two days. While there are many things packed into these two days short schedule, one of the most exciting ones is Google Global Network India Innovation Summit. While Google has presented across various events in past talking about their AS15169 backbone, this is the first summit where they are covering it in detail and that too with the Indian context! Must say that I find AS15169 quite fascinating on the BGP side of things.