DE-CIX touts 4-Tbps traffic peak at Frankfurt Internet exchange

International Internet exchange operator DE-CIX reports it reached a new traffic milestone at the end of April, exceeding 4 Tbps at its flagship Frankfurt exchange. Traffic passing through the exchanged topped 4 Tbps on Tuesday, April 28.

International Internet exchange operator DE-CIX reports it reached a new traffic milestone at the end of April, exceeding 4 Tbps at its flagship Frankfurt exchange. Traffic passing through the exchanged topped 4 Tbps on Tuesday, April 28.

"When we started DE-CIX in 1995, we served three Internet service providers and offered a total capacity of 10 Mbits," notes the company's CEO, Harald A. Summa. "In contrast, today we have a total capacity of 48 Tbits and hundreds of global customers. HD videos, the growing number of mobile end-user devices, and cloud computing are driving Internet data growth rapidly along. The end is nowhere in sight."

The 2014 Global Internet Report from the Internet Society confirms this growth. The Internet first reached 1 billion global users in 2005, 2 billion in late 2010, and is now fast approaching 3 billion. Yet, despite this huge number of users, the majority of the world's population is still not online, representing continued growth potential.

DE-CIX reports an increase in the demand for 100 Gigabit Ethernet connections into its exchanges as a result of this fact. Meanwhile, the company continues to expand to new locations. DE-CIX operates Internet exchanges in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, New York, and at UAE-IX in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The operator also recently announced that it will bring new Internet exchanges online later this year in Marseille, France, and Palermo, Italy.

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