Asian ISPs to provide direct intra-Asian connections

Major Asian Internet service providers (ISPs) have worked out a deal that will eliminate the need for intra-Asian traffic to detour to the US.

Hoping to eliminate transmission slowdowns and data bottlenecks, major Asian Internet service providers (ISPs) have worked out a deal that will eliminate the need for intra-Asian traffic to detour to the US.

Taiwanese national carrier Chunghwa Telecommunications, along with its counterparts in Hong Kong and Singapore, has signed a pact that will offer users direct connections among their respective Internet service provider operations, circumventing the need for traffic to pass through the US. The three ISPs, Chunghwa Telecom's Hinet, Singapore Telecom's Singnet and Hongkong Telecom's Netplus, will initially be linked via 128Kbit/s connections, which later can be upgraded depending on demand, officials say. To date, traffic between the three ISPs has been carried via the US, and the direct links are expected ease network congestion as well as improve transmission efficiency, they say.

However, since most of the content on the Internet still resides on US-based servers, many Asian ISPs still need to increase the bandwith of their links to the US. Hinet, for example, which is operated by the state-owned Chunghwa Telecom's Data Communication Business Group, will increase the transmission rate of its US links to 6Mbit/s by mid-September, officials say.

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