Hello world from Gujarat! This is my 3rd visit to Gujarat. :) Coming to today’s post: I have noticed ISPs doing really crazy things to maximise traffic on peerings and IXPs. Some of those are bad and some are very bad. Additionally I came across this comment and thought to put this quick post. Example of some bad ways to increase IXP traffic: Using upstream’s ASN to keep AS path shorter (yes, believe me I have seen that!
Last week I visited Delhi and spent some time at the “Regulating for Inclusion” workshop. I usually do not attend non-NOG events but this one seemed interesting and was relatively easy to attend as was in Delhi. Discussion on backhaul There is quite a bit of talk as well as focus on the backhaul capacity but somehow discussion missed a very important element of the picture - Internet Exchange Points (IXP).
It’s kind of fun times in India with many IX’es showing up and now NIXI finally removing their traffic wise charge. I came across this email which they sent to their member networks recently: From: I X <[email@example.com](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)\> Sent: Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:48:31 GMT+0530 To: "members " <[email@example.com](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)\> Cc: "[email@example.com](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)" <[email@example.com](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)\> Subject: Change in Data Transfer Charges (X-Y) Dear Members, In reference to the Board's direction to reduce the current data transfer (X-Y) charges from Re.
Seems like NPIX traffic has started hitting 1Gbps levels and that is just so amazing. Came across this post by Niranjan. NPIX or Nepal Internet Exchange is located in Kathmandu and operates out of its own datacenter. There’s a huge amount of (overhead) dark fibre availability in Kathmandu and as of the writing of this post I see 30 members at NPIX. 1Gbps might seem low from Western IX’es standards but that’s a quite good amount of traffic for an IX in South Asian region.
Today I was having a chat with my friend Hari Haran. He mentioned that Facebook has started its PoP in Mumbai. This seems true and Facebook has mentioned GPX Mumbai as their private peering PoP in their peeringdb record. I triggered a quick test trace to “www.facebook.com” on IPv4 from all Indian RIPE Atlas probes and resolved “www.facebook.com” on the probe itself. The lowest latency is from Airtel Karnataka and that’s still hitting Facebook in Singapore.