After improving their network towards each other in Europe and Singapore back in 2013-14. We can now report that PTCL and Valve have now improved their connectivity in Dubai and are now peering directly with each other, users should enjoy 25-75ms latency towards Valve games (DOTA2, CSGO, TF2).
Previously, players in Pakistan could only play on Valve’s Singapore and European servers with a decent ping. At best PTCL users could only get ~170ms to Valve’s Europe-West servers and ~120ms to Valve’s Singapore servers. So, what does this improved connectivity mean for an average Pakistani gamer? For starters, playing experience to Valve games such as DOTA2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), Team Fortress 2 (TF2) etc will improve. PTCL users will now have better access to Steam, web-content should load faster and users should see improved download speeds.
Going towards the technical side of things, PTCL and Valve did try to establish direct peering with each other in Dubai few years back but unfortunately due to network limitations on both ends, it didn’t come to fruition. However, PTCL now has obtained transit with Valve’s network provider in Dubai and due to that direct peering was possible. Below is a traceroute towards Valve’s Dubai server from a PTCL connection:
traceroute to dxb.valve.net (18.104.22.168), 30 hops max, 40 byte packets 2 10.10.80.11 (10.10.80.11) 0.632 ms 0.435 ms 0.639 ms 3 lhr63.pie.net.pk (22.214.171.124) 0.405 ms 0.421 ms 0.632 ms 4 static.lhr63.pie.net.pk (126.96.36.199) 3.782 ms 3.141 ms 2.065 ms 5 static-khi275-P02-pie.net.pk (188.8.131.52) 21.883 ms 24.033 ms 22.952 ms 6 static-khidr-ni02-sw.pie.net.pk (184.108.40.206) 23.560 ms 23.528 ms 23.896 ms 7 khi77.pie.net.pk (220.127.116.11) 49.074 ms 48.006 ms 50.353 ms 8 10.44.152.146 (10.44.152.146) 50.767 ms 50.630 ms 52.291 ms 9 18.104.22.168 (22.214.171.124) 47.762 ms 47.626 ms 48.082 ms 10 126.96.36.199 (188.8.131.52) 50.331 ms 49.798 ms 50.162 ms
Pakistani DOTA2 players should now rejoice as Dubai region will give them the lowest latency in Pakistan and they can now enjoy DOTA2 with minimal delay in-game.
Let us know what you think of this and also give us feedback regarding your ping towards Valve Dubai 😉