Proving Gig Speed

K. Scott Helms kscott.helms at
Wed Jul 18 14:22:26 UTC 2018


I am glad I don't have your challenges :)

What's the Netflix (or other substantial OTT video provider) situation for
direct peers?  It's pretty easy and cheap for North American operators to
get settlement free peering to Netflix, Amazon, Youtube and others but I
don't know what that looks like in Africa.

Scott Helms

On Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM Mark Tinka <mark.tinka at> wrote:

> On 18/Jul/18 15:41, K. Scott Helms wrote:
> That's why I vastly prefer stats from the actual CDNs and content
> providers that aren't generated by speed tests.  They're generated by
> measuring the actual performance of the service they deliver.  Now, that
> won't prevent burden shifting, but it does get rid of a lot of the problems
> you bring up.  Youtube for example wouldn't rate a video stream as good if
> the packet loss were high because it's actually looking at the bit rate of
> successfully delivered encapsulated video frames I _think_ the same is true
> of Netflix though they also offer a real time test as well which frankly
> isn't as helpful for monitoring but getting a quick test to the Netflix
> node you'd normally use can be nice in some cases.
> Agreed.
> In our market, we've generally not struggled with users and their
> experience for services hosted locally in-country.
> So in addition to providing good tools for operators and eyeballs to
> measure experience, the biggest win will come from the content folk and
> CDN's getting their services inside our market.
> Mark.

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