Why is the intercontinental connectivity with my branch office in China so slow?
Domestic broadband connections in China can be quite fast but one should not expect the same speed past the borders. Local and international connectivity are different. In fact Internet can be extremely slow internationally. The ping replies from China to Europe are usually 250 – 330 ms. There’s also potential for high packet loss. Every company with a branch office in Europe and China can face these problems. Legacy solutions and infrastructure, like MPLS, are insufficient in solving high latency and packet loss and providing companies with adequate performance. Companies are now eagerly looking for an alternative. However, we must first understand where these problems come from.
Bad peering and routing
China has an ISP (Internet Service Provider) monopoly consisting of 3 state-owned communications companies: China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile. These communication giants won’t interconnect with other international network carriers for free and they charge a huge amount of money to peer with them. Since the internet peering and transit costs to China are very high, many hosting/VPN companies won’t have direct routes to the ISP’s in China. This ultimately will result in big detours, sometimes even to pass the Pacific Ocean twice.
Speed throttling and bandwidth manipulation
Not only is the peering bad but the Chinese ISP monopoly is known to manipulate bandwidth and throttle connection speeds. This will force corporations to pay for extra bandwidth or special packages that would provide them with better international speed. This manipulation of bandwidth will result in huge business losses to companies that require fast and reliable Internet access within China.
Network congestions and bottlenecks
China has almost one billion Internet users unparalleled by any other country. The capacity of the Chinese Internet is just too low and this will result in network congestions, especially during peak hours when many users are online. These congestions occur for both international and local connectivity.
The internet blocking/censorship issues
As if slow Internet wasn’t enough, there’s another major issue: the censorship. The censorship can be divided into three categories: DNS censorship, IP addresses blocking and Protocol blocking. Better known as the Great Firewall of China.
These are the Internet censorship mechanisms that China uses, however, Europe is also implementing infrastructure for Internet censorship which will only make connectivity problems worse.
What is the solution to intercontinental connectivity problems for businesses?
BRADON (www.bradon.nl) in co-operation with ARYAKA (www.aryaka.com) – is presenting a connectivity service called Smart Connect that will improve connection problems to your offices in China.
This service provides:
– Application Acceleration and WAN Optimization
– Up to 40x Faster Cloud and SaaS Performance
– Compression and Data De-Duplication
– MPLS Replacement and Backup
– Performance Improvements for Voice, Video, and Real-Time Traffic with Smart Link
– Simplified Operations and Network Management with Smart Edge
All on a Global private Network and Fully Managed which will result in lower latency and more stability. We also arrange a costless proof of concept. We are able to start the proof of concept within a week! For more information about this service please contact BRADON.