[LINK] Sydney to Japan traceroute 106ms

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Tue Nov 9 15:50:56 AEDT 2010

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TPG to open direct Asian internet route

By Ry Crozier on Nov 5, 2010 http://www.itnews.com.au/

Sends traffic from Guam to Japan directly.

ISP TPG expected data roundtrips between Sydney and Asia to fall to as 
little as 100ms when a new direct internet traffic route goes live next 

The route used Pipe Networks' PPC-1 submarine cable from Sydney to Guam.

But instead of forwarding the traffic from Guam to the US and then on to 
Asia - as TPG had in the past - it would be routed more directly from 
Guam to Japan, according to TPG's general manager of marketing and sales 
Craig Levy.

"The interconnection's changed to make it a more direct route," Levy said.

"We're in control of the peering and termination of that traffic in Japan.

"The Asia-based experience on the web for our customers is going to be a 
lot better for gaming, apps that use video and other time-sensitive acts."

The new route was expected to provide "improved response times and lower 
latency times overall", according to a brief announcement on the 
Whirlpool broadband forums.

Levy produced traceroute results from TPG's Sydney router to its Japan 
peering link that showed an average roundtrip of 106ms - although the 
roundtrip was officially being quoted as between 100 and 120ms.

TPG took ownership of the Sydney-Guam route after it bought Pipe 
Networks' PPC-1 submarine cable assets in November last year.

The acquisition also came with Pipe's national dark fibre network, on 
which TPG now offers a 100 Mbps symmetrical service for businesses.

The service offers unlimited quota for $599 a month over 24 months and 
has proved a "good fit for small-to-mid-sized businesses", Levy said.

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