South Africa - Free Tier Routing to London

HI There.

Since January I have noticed that the below subnet ranges for free tier, routes internationally instead of local. If using paid tier and Argo routing, the routing is local.

104.21.16.0/20
172.67.176.0/20
172.67.192.0/20
104.21.80.0/20

This is not ISP specific, as there has been more threads about this as well
South African traffic incorrectly routed via LHR
Cloudflare Routing Issue
Server location not local

for example (random IP in that range )

|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
| WinMTR statistics |

Host - % Sent Recv Best Avrg Wrst Last
XXXX- 0 3 3 0 0 0 0
No response from host - 100 1 0 0 0 0 0
XXXX - 0 3 3 2 3 5 2
XXXX - 0 3 3 2 3 5 2
                         -wiocc-equano    0 |    3 |    3 |  145 |  146 |  147 |  146 |

| 81.52.186.253 - 0 | 3 | 3 | 146 | 146 | 147 | 146 |
| cloudflare-14.gw.opentransit.net - 0 | 3 | 3 | 147 | 147 | 149 | 147 |
| 141.101.71.63 - 0 | 3 | 3 | 149 | 151 | 155 | 151 |
| 104.21.80.26 - 0 | 3 | 3 | 145 | 145 | 147 | 145 |
|______________||||||

Responses from CF communications:
“Prefixes were withdrawn and will only be readvertised when capacity is upgraded.”
“I’m afraid that currently Cloudflare isn’t advertising any free tier prefixes in the region”

it has been 4 months of this now, can anyone at Cloudflare give any sort of indication or ETA when this will be fixed?

Not sure what happened to my MTR there, but here is a Trace instead

Tracing route to 104.21.80.26 over a maximum of 30 hops

1 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms XXXX
2 * * * Request timed out.
3 3 ms 2 ms 2 ms XXXX
4 4 ms 2 ms 2 ms XXXX
5 144 ms 144 ms 144 ms wiocc-equano.
6 146 ms 146 ms 148 ms 81.52.186.253
7 147 ms 148 ms 146 ms cloudflare-14.gw.opentransit.net [193.251.150.210]
8 147 ms 147 ms 148 ms 141.101.71.63
9 147 ms 145 ms 145 ms 104.21.80.26

Trace complete.

It could be days, weeks or years. Cloudflare runs their own server stack in colos and the decision to peer with specific providers and how much capacity to allocate is complex formula. My guess would be when they roll out their next gen server hardware at the earliest, but any guess would be just as accurate.

I don’t think it’s likely Cloudflare will provide a specific ETA unless you happen to own a datacenter and were wanting to have them coordinate to stand up a new / expanded colo.

yeah it really sucks man
Do you know of any way to get a CF Rep on this thread to advise a bit more as well?
An ETA is all I am really asking for here

HI @louise2 @mcorreia , etc

Trust you are well, are you able to comment on this perchance?

Hi There,

is anyone at CF able to advise on this?

I seriously doubt you’ll get an answer here, I ran a few tests and it appears that only Afrihost (AS37611) and Rain (AS37105) get routed locally to JNB for free tier prefixes at the moment.

Thanks for sharing, so basically a “womp womp” for the rest of us?

For the Free Tier yes, from what i’m seeing, it looks like every ISP gets routed locally on Pro and above right now.