99% of HK internet traffic goes thru uni being fought over?

Is this plausible?




HKIX is definitely the incumbent IXP in that region, but I’d reckon that most high volume interconnection will take place in facilities like Mega-iAdvantage or Equinix HK1 via PNI.

Plus there are several alternative IXPs in Hong Kong that also handle undisclosed amounts of traffic.


Zerohedge has been (at worst) a Russian asset for a good five-eight years.

At best, a Russian dupe.

Not credible in the least.

Don't @ me -- if you don't keep up with the orientation and credibility of disinformation shill web sites like Zerohedge that's on you, not me.

- John

Dude, frankly Zero Hedge is a joke. Facts and respect are as foreign to them as to a certain American President.

Organic manure

Thanks everyone for the replies. My conclusion is that no one here
knows whether HKIX handles 99% of internet traffic for HK or not.

It's a number.

No more than any other site. Most IXPs may have a significant amount of traffic but it’s certainly not all of the traffic in a market.

Generally I’ve seen that private interconnects in major cities (like HK) are more than the public (IXP) interconnects. Anyone claiming 99% of a market unless they’re the monopoly incumbent last-mile provider i treat with a properly sized piece of salt.

- Jared


Since you clearly did *not* read any of the previous replies or chose to ignore them, the odds of your just trolling the list is beginning to approach ... wait for it ... 99%

But for sake of argument, any article that's headlined "Here's The Real Reason Why..." should be ignored completely. See: Tyler Durden and Zerohedge as one.

Anyone who's eager to tell you the "Real Reason(tm)" for anything is trolling for clicks.

Then, as to Internet traffic, the probability that 99% of *all* Internet traffic to one global political entity (Hong Kong) goes through one single physical location that just happens to be a university currently experiencing student protests is ... yeah...

I take it you know nothing about Internetworking?

Or, again, Zerohedge?


- John

That’s incorrect. I’m here, and I know that:

1) HKIX does not handle anywhere near 99% of Hong Kong’s Internet traffic.

2) Much of HKIX is in TKO anyway, rather than up at the CUHK campus.

3) CUHK isn’t the university where the protests are anyway, that’s Hong Kong Polytechnic.

4) CUHK is way up in the New Territories. HK Polytechnic is in Tsim Sha Tsui. TKO is way off in the east. These are all about as far apart as it’s possible to get in Hong Kong.



  While it's absolutely a number we don't have, it's also worth
asking what we are trying to measure.

  99% of HK traffic by volume...

  Or 99% of HK traffic by "doesn't touch the mainland, or
increasingly corruptible US companies that also engage in censorship."


In terms of bits, MOST Hong Kong traffic does NOT traverse HKIX.

However, Hong Kong ISPs, almost entirely communicate with each other of HKIX.

Sources like Akamai and Google, however, do not typically traverse HKIX. These are the majority of traffic.

99% of Hong Kong is connected to HKIX, by traverses? No.

Then, as to Internet traffic, the probability that 99% of *all* Internet

> traffic to one global political entity (Hong Kong) goes through one
> single physical location that just happens to be a university currently
> experiencing student protests is ... yeah...

Interesting theory.

> I take it you know nothing about Internetworking?

Perhaps you should look at https://www.TheWorld.com/~bzs

> Or, again, Zerohedge?

Nope, knew nothing off-hand about them but wikipedia seems to concur
that Zerohedge is likely a "Russian asset". Thanks.

Nonetheless it doesn't particularly mean that 99% of HK traffic
*doesn't* go thru that facility, not alone.

Broad comparisons to other national internet structures as you appeal
to seems to be questionable in regards to a Special Administrative
Region of The People's Republic of China, albeit officially ruled
under "one system, two ways", HK being one of the regions (Macau being
the other) which is ruled under the "second" way.

China can be unique in their communications policies and practices.

Which is why I asked hoping someone knew the facts rather than had an
opinion about the particular source or some theory unifying all
national internet infrastructures under some simple rule of thumb.

Excerpt from http://www.hkix.net/hkix/Presentation/forum20100129.pdf (Page 3)

 Two Main Sites for resilience

•HKIX1: CUHK Campus in Shatin
•HKIX2: CITIC Tower in Central

 We are confident to say that because of HKIX, more than 99% intra--HK Internet traffic is kept within HK

And this is a completely different thing than saying that 99% of HKG traffic passes through HKIX. Written this way it may as well be true since it only means that it neatly complements whatever transit and private peering arrangements the local operators have.
Exercise for the reader:
- find out who the local access providers are
- find where they peer and at what capacity
- find who gives them transit
- try some traceroutes

After this you'll concur with my original assessment about the nitrates content of the statement at subject

I didn’t say 99% infra-HK Internet traffic went through HKIX. :blush:


Some clarifications:

The 2 HKIX core sites (hosting the spine switches and the major leaf switches where most participants are connecting to) are located within CUHK campus. There are only 2 leaf switches of HKIX which are located at TKO area.

CUHK Campus was heavily attacked by the Police before PolyU Campus was heavily attacked. There was fear that the attack would affect HKIX which, although not really handling 99% of HK Internet traffic, does carry up to 1.4Tbps of Internet traffic at peak.

no longer with HKIX

Akamai and Google do have 100Gbps connections to HKIX so traffic volume should not be low, though not majority.

Anyway, I did post on FB on that day (Nov 12) when CUHK campus was heavily attacked by the Police that HKIX is not really that critical to HK Internet traffic as there are many Internet hubs in HK…

no longer with HKIX

Thank you for the authoritative answer. I think we can now consider the question closed.