Policy POVs


Submarine Cable Landing Station in Bengal

International connectivity is clearly fundamental to connecting users to the wider Internet. Cables lying on the seafloor bring the internet to the world. They transmit 99 percent of international data, make transoceanic communication possible in an instant, and serve as a loose proxy for the international trade that connects advanced economies. The cables are so widely used, as opposed to satellite transmission, because they’re so reliable and fast: with high speeds and backup routes available, they rarely fail. And that means they’ve become a key part of the global economy and the way the world connects.

[1] http://www.vox.com/2015/3/13/8204655/submarine-cables-internet

Submarine Cables are the modern trade routes. Landing stations becomes the seat of heightened business and economic activity. Considering the fact that Bengal was the key point of business, in the changed time, it is just that Bengal needs to adopt the new method of interdependence because the economics has remained the same. For more details read the briefing note here.

Lack of Tools / Looking glasses for India

ISOC Kolkata Chapter has signed agreements with Root Server operators for hosting of root instances in India. The IIFON data center hosts the L& J root instances. From the experience of it the observations are

  • Lack of tools /looking glasses which could help ISOC Kolkata to understand in detail the traffic pattern for the copy of the root.
  • Very Less Probes Implementation which will allow finding the traffic pattern. Excessive Dependency on RIPE Probes
  • Additional bandwidth required for functioning of the copy of L Root.
  • Uplink networks do not install/use the local L-Root routes, as they have another route they consider “better” (BGP path selection)
  • Network operators in the country do not peer with each other (exchange local traffic locally)
  • Clients are using external resolvers (google , etc)