Internet Traffic Begins to Bypass the U.S.

Max Tulyev president at
Tue Sep 16 04:18:40 CDT 2008

Jean-François Mezei wrote:
> Did western europe ever really have a primary route via the USA to reach
> asia  ? (I realise that during the cable cuts in middle east last year,
> traffic might have been rerouted via USA but this would be a temporary
> situation).

And the main issue is not technical, but economic and disorganisation 

For example, we need an Internet connectivity in Kazakhstan. The path 
through TAE ( or FLAG-Iran-Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan costs 
about $6000 per 1Mbit, and lot of nervous. Path through China-USA is 
said about $100-$400 per 1Mbps and easy to get comparing with first two 

Yes, Europe-Asia satellites is a good way too, and it can give less 
latency than Europe-USA-Asia in some cases. A lot of traffic to Asia and 
Middle East is going this way. But satellite is expensive, and there is 
even lack of capacity there. So Fiber around the world is cheaper in 
most cases.

Max Tulyev (MT6561-RIPE, 2:463/253 at FIDO)

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