PHNOG forum on Internet exchange
By: Julie Ann Atienza, July 11, 2014

PhNOGWith great appreciation and support to Internet exchange, the Department of Science and Technology – Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) held the Philippine Network Operators Group (PHNOG) Forum last 27 June 2014 at the DOST-Information and Communications Technology Office in Diliman, Quezon City.

PHNOG serves as the local counterpart of the North America Network Operators Group or NANOG, which aims to “promote coordination among network operators” and “enhance the country’s participation to the Internet community.” To achieve their objectives, PHNOG has been supporting the Philippine Open Internet Exchange or PHOpenIX, the country’s one and only local common exchange point, that is operated by the DOST-ASTI since 2007.

Concerning the impacts and benefits of Internet exchange (IX), various stakeholders, such as members of the academe, government, PHOpenIX, and other industries, gathered in the PHNOG forum. Speakers of the event include Mr. Bayani Benjamin Lara, DOST-ASTI Supervising Science Research Specialist, Mr. Rod James Bio, DOST-ASTI Senior Science Research Specialist, Mr. Rhett Jones, Synacy Inc. President and CEO, Ms. Mary Grace Mirandilla-Santos, Asian Development Bank Consultant, Mr. Robert Lau, Akamai Technologies Senior Network Support Consultant, and Mr. Che-Hoo Cheng, Hong Kong Internet eXhange (HKIX) Administrator.

Mr. Denis Villorente, DOST-ASTI Director, graced the event with an opening remarks, while the ending remarks was given by Mr. Bill Woodcock, Packet Clearing House Research Director. Meanwhile, issues on the Internet, broadband quality of service experience test, HKIX, mirroring and caching, content distribution networks, and PHOpenIX updates were the topics presented by the discussants.

A total of 61 participants physically attended the forum, while others remotely participated through video streaming.