Measuring BGP Route Propagation Times Articles uri icon

publication date

  • December 2019

start page

  • 2432

end page

  • 2436


  • 12


  • 23

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1089-7798

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-2558


  • We present a methodology to measure the propagation time of BGP routes with BGP route collectors and beacons which accounts for the clock offset error between route source and destinations. We apply it to the RIPE RIS data set comparing 2012 and 2018, showing that the IPv4 route prefix reachability interval and the time to receive the preferred route have not changed much, but the time to remove an IPv4 route has increased and it is high (a mean of 121s to remove a route). In 2018, IPv6 route propagation times are shorter than IPv4 ones.


  • Telecommunications


  • bgp; bgp beacons; mrai; route collectors; route propagation