Majority of ISPs, including PTCL, are already on-board while discussions with remaining ISPs of Pakistan are under way to make positive that all domestic web traffic goes through this Web Exchange Point.
Under the headship of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority & in collaboration with Web Society (ISOC), this Web Exchange Point will be located in Islamabad for which hardware is currently being setup & exchange is likely to go live with-in next months.
For those who aren’t familiar, an Web Exchange Point is used to exchange local web traffic internally with-in the country between ISPs in lieu of looking-up international exchanges & networks.
Currently in case you are sitting on PTCL & if a ping is sent for a website/server that is hosted on TransWorld for example, then traffic is routed through international exchanges that reside outside Pakistan.
ISPs readiness in terms of hardware & program for joining this exchange is already there & there’s nothing much technical that’s necessary on ISP’s part to join the local web exchange.
Such an online request, which is local & distance between client & server could be few kilometers has to travel the all way to an exchange that’s hosted abroad & then will hit back local server after traveling thousands of kilometers, increasing latency rates & decreasing information transfer rates.
As mentioned above, this web exchange is likely to be active & walking with-in months. They will update our readers when there’s any further development on this.