Asia’s connectivity patterns shift as carriers become less dependent on US

17 Oct 2013

Asia has more international internet capacity connected to the US and Canada than to any other region. However, new data from TeleGeography’s Global Internet Geography research reveal that this proportion is falling steadily as carriers in the region become less dependent on the U.S. for connectivity.

In 2013, nearly 40% of Asia’s 19.9Tbps of international Internet bandwidth was connected to the US and Canada, down from 48% in 2009. Similarly, while trans-Pacific capacity increased 32% in 2013, this was surpassed by both intra-Asian capacity growth of 44%, and capacity growth on routes between Asia and Europe of 42%.

‘One key reason for the declining share of Asian capacity accounted for by the trans-Pacific route is the sourcing of content closer to Asia,’ said TeleGeography analyst Cody Williams. ‘As many carriers in the region seek to reduce reliance on US-hosted content, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo have been established as regional hubs for exchanging traffic and hosting content, as opposed to a waypoint that carriers must pass to get content from the US.’

The decline in the share of Asian international Internet bandwidth connected to the US and Canada has been largely picked up by Europe. As transport prices on the Europe-Asia route have declined due to the introduction of multiple new submarine cables, the share of Asian internet bandwidth connected to Europe has increased from 21% in 2009, to 28% in 2013.

TeleGeography’s Global Internet Geography is a comprehensive source of data and analysis about international internet capacity, traffic, service providers, ASN connectivity and pricing. It provides profiles of 107 backbone operators, international Internet metrics for 75 countries and detailed transit pricing data for 38 countries.

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