Is it accurate to say that Videotron has better ping times simply because of the number of peers (real peer1 peers) that they are using?
Since my transfer to Ebox, I have been enjoying great download speeds, but online gaming has suffered and that is why I will probably transfer back.
The number of peer does not equal to lower ping although it is a factor it is not the unique factor.
BGP-4 select the best path based on network proximity and not latency. The proximity is based on the number of AS between the origin network and the remote network.
You have various mechanism (prepending) to force routes to use a given path instead of the default one selected by BGP-4.
In the spotlight Ebox is going to add a tier-1 carrier on November 1st so AS distance should be shorter to some destination as our upstream host a lot of gaming/content provider due to low cost.
Also we are supposed to have an internet exchange eventually in Montreal so this will be even better to reach popular local destination. -- Electronic Box Inc. - Jean-Philippe Béïque Ebox forum »ELECTRONICBOX