- Jan 11, 2005
From the perspective of a hosting client at hetzner: You are paying for a specific amount of bandwidth a month to deliver your content to your page viewers. This figure is determine based on the cost of the traffic. If Mweb and MTN peers you will be paying less, great. Now the next question is how much and where will this cost saving go to:
Lopsided Free peering: The majority of the cost saving goes to MWEB. The people that are viewing your content, which you are paying to provide them. Communism
Paid peering: The benefit is fairly split. Mweb adsl users get a fair slice of the pie and the hetzner hosting clients get a cut for their content, which brings the cost of hosting down even further. Capitalism
Hetzner clients should hope they get the fair deal.
It doesn't wash, sorry. Those providing the content pay their provider for their hosting infrastructure and for traffic to and from their website. Those consuming the content pay their ISP costs. If the content hosting provider network and ISP network have connections to the same INX, there is no reason on earth why either party should pay the other for the traffic. Their respective customers have already paid for transit of the data over their respective networks.