Peering practice, costs well within legal framework

MYREPUBLIC and SuperInternet believe that there can be improvements to peering among Internet service providers (ISPs) in Singapore, and hope that the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) can regulate local peering costs in order to further increase competition in the industry.

This is part of an ongoing conversation we have with the IDA on ways to improve the local ISP scene.

It was in the context of this conversation that we made comments featured in last Tuesday's article "Smaller ISPs want payments to big boys regulated".

These remarks were meant to be tongue-in-cheek, and not to insinuate that the IDA is condoning any sort of illegal practice with regard to peering, or the free exchange of local Internet traffic among local ISPs.

Current peering practice and costs are well within the legal framework set out by the IDA, and are neither illegal nor criminal in any way.

We regret and apologise for any misunderstanding caused by these remarks.

The IDA has proven itself to be a fair and progressive regulator, and we believe that the open consultation on peering will produce meaningful results for the industry.

This article was first published on Mar 1, 2015.
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