topological closeness....


  IMHO, in the context of the AP region, I guess we are overlooking the
  user perspective - locally available "Internet" content. Barring
  .au, .sg, .kr, .hk (?), .jp and .tw, I do not see any major effort
  around to provide locally, content that is available in the US
  be it the GNU archive, the WU archive or one-of-those Beatles
  song and lyrics archive - result - good amount of traffic to the
  US. (The AP region has only 4 archie servers !) When one sees
  such traffic trends, why would an ISP even think in terms of
  investing in a link to a place other than the US - the cost
  permitting ?

  I have been attempting to convince ERNET to invest in a link
  each to NL/GB and SG/JP since we have a significant amount of
  traffic to these places. I have even tried to present the idea
  that IN is strategically placed in the context of linking the
  Southern AP region to Europe/US which could mean good gatewaying
  business - NO GO ! Each time we have a meeting, there's a raging
  war on this point, but, bring out the top 25 hosts contacted and
  the related traffic percentages and the consensus is to add more
  bandwidth on the link to the US !

  If on the one hand the tariffs and the telecom policies do not
  provide for a good intra-AP connectivity, there is this "content
  availability" that's adding to the "US-centricity" (not that
  most of the Internet tools aren't ... :wink: ). So ... could we
  do anything at all ?

  It may not be possible to persuade governments to change their
  policies as fast as we would like them to change.

  My gut feel is that the tariffs permitting, making content available
  locally will hold the key to bandwidth investments and the choice
  of the upstream ISP.

--Gopi Garge
Enzo Michelangeli sez:

How do you determine the location of those top 25 hosts? If you are
assuming that they are in the US because they are .com or .net, then you
may be wrong.

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