MWEB peering link cuts: How it impacts you

MWEB’s decision to cut its paid transit links to larger operators in a phased approach caused a big stir in the industry last week. 

The company first severed its paid peering through SAIX to providers like MTN Business and Vodacom and yesterday cut its peering link to Telkom/SAIX which means that MWEB now only connects to local operators which peer with them directly.

The good news for local Internet users is that Internet Solutions (IS) and MWEB are now peering under a proof-of-concept agreement whilst MWEB and Vodacom Business switched on their local peering link this week.

Traffic between MWEB’s network and that of MTN Business and Telkom is however routed internationally. International routing means higher latency and hence worsened service levels when browsing the web, but the community who will feel the effects of these changes the hardest is likely to be online gamers.

In the online gaming space the difference between 30ms and 300ms ping times is particularly significant and online gamers are likely to change either their gaming servers or their ISP to ensure that they have low latency when gaming online.

It is therefore of value for consumers to take note which traffic is routed locally and which traffic is routed internationally.

The following table provides an overview how traffic between MWEB and other providers (and vice versa) is currently routed.

Current traffic routing between MWEB & other ISPs (and vice versa)
MWEB Traffic Routing Internet Service Provider
MWEB Local Vodacom Business/Vodacom
MWEB Local Internet Solutions
MWEB International Telkom
MWEB Partial International MTN Business/MTN
MWEB Local iBurst
MWEB CPT Local | JHB International Web Africa
MWEB Local Vox Telecom
MWEB Local Cybersmart

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