TPG to open direct Asian internet route

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TPG to open direct Asian internet route

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 week.

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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