Global internet traffic growth remains strong in 2010

6 Oct 2010

New data from TeleGeography’s Global Internet Geography study reveal that international Internet traffic grew 62% in 2010. While down slightly from the 74% growth recorded in 2009, it is well in line with previous years.

Growth rates varied significantly by region. The regions experiencing the fastest growth in international Internet traffic between mid-year 2009 and mid-year 2010 were Eastern Europe and India/South Asia, where average traffic growth exceeded 100%, and the Middle East, where traffic rose just under 100%. Even relatively ‘mature’ markets are still growing rapidly: western European international Internet traffic increased 66%, and the US and Canada’s international Internet traffic climbed 54%.

‘Carriers must add enormous amounts of new capacity each year to accommodate such traffic growth,’ said TeleGeography Research Director Alan Mauldin. In 2010, carriers added 13.2Tbps of new international capacity, up from 9.4Tbps in 2009, and 6Tbps in 2008. ‘Thanks to these large increases in new bandwidth, traffic growth has not overwhelmed operators’ networks, and overall network utilisation levels have remained stable,’ said Mauldin.

While the pace of network expansion is fastest in developing markets, a vast gulf exists between the amount of international Internet bandwidth available to developing countries and developed markets. For example, at mid-year 2010, the country of Austria–with a population of just over eight million, had access to more international Internet capacity than the billion inhabitants of Africa, combined.

TeleGeography’s Global Internet Geography provides in-depth analysis of international and US domestic Internet backbone capacity, traffic and IP transit pricing.

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