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Tunneling and ping rates/latency

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I live in the middle east in Egypt, got a 1mb DSL connection, my average ping rate/latency in online game is between 150 to 250, which is obviously high, sometimes if I am lucky I get 120. At any rate the ping rate is not ideal, and unfortunately this is all what everyone in Egypt and generally in the middle east get when playing games online. Increasing the connection speed has not effect. I believe there are two reasons for this high latency

1)Long Distance from server, as most game servers are located in Europe and North America
2)Egypt and generally the middle east is connected to the rest of the world through multiple tiers of ISPs, so that increased the the number of routers and the routes the packets has to travel through thus the delay and the high ping rate

So pretty much this is a limitation of our network that I have to live with. however recently I subscribed into a tunneling service for World Of Warcraft called WTFast that routes packets so that it travels through less number of routers demonstrated here. The result is that my ping rate/latency dropped drastically from 180-250 to 58-70. The experience was amazing.

Unfortunately this service seem to only cover few games mainly MMORPG games.  World of warcraft is not the only online game I play, I play lot of online first person shooter such as Unreal tournament 3. And I was wondering if there are any tunneling services that reduce ping rates in gaming in general especially udp based games. I did a google search for several hours and the only services I found are these

FixMyLag: This seems to be what I am perfectly looking for, however I am unable to buy any package from them for some reason, nothing happen when I click the buy now button

ArtOfPing: I went for a trial account, and downloaded the software client for it, unfortunately I am unable to get it to work, connection would fail for some reason, and the website has no useful support articles for that matter

Unfortunately non of them is working for me atm, so if anyone knows a similar tunneling services designed to reduce ping rate please list them
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I watched the video, but unfortunately right now I have no sound.  However based on the pictures he drew what WTFast is doing is not tunneling.  Even with tunneling you have to pass through routers.

What it appears is that they are bypassing the Internet for part of the trip.  That is, they have their own dedicated communications links (or are using somebody elses) between data centers that contain their equipment.

You are right about ping times/latency.  Latency is based on distance and number of hops.  The further the distance the higher the latency and the more hops the more overhead at each hop and thus the more time added and so the higher the latency.

They (WTFast) are not shorting the distance, but they are reducing the number of layer 3 (IP) hops.  By having direct connections they are not going through layer 3 hops, but layer 2, which has much less overhead.
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Actually I just noticed an announcement in the FixMyLag servie that says the service will launch on December 12th, 2010. That explains why I as unable to sign for their service yet
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This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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