Internet traffic has increased in IXPs around the world

Internet traffic growth from 2020 to 2021 infographics

Internet traffic has increased worldwide during the last year due to the increase of many digital activities — from remote working and education to video streaming and video calls. The lockdowns and restrictions provoked by the Covid-19 pandemic have accelerated the digital economy and, as a result, Internet traffic growth.

Many companies have been forced to accelerate their digital transformation. The use of secure connections via VPNs has gone through the roof. eCommerce has grown considerably as consumers have changed their purchasing habits. Demand for cloud services and connectivity has rocketed with workers and students going remote. This growth in Internet traffic is reflected on the traffic graphs of IXPs around the world.

Internet traffic growth in ESpanix

Spain’s Internet Exchange Point, ESpanix, has doubled its Internet traffic from about 350 Gbps in March 2020 to about 700 Gbps in March 2021; as shown in the following graph.

ESpanix Internet traffic graph from 2019 to March 2021

Internet traffic growth in AMS-IX

AMS-IX has increased its Internet traffic from about 5 Tbps in March 2020 to about 7 Tbps in March 2021; as shown in the following graph.

AMS-IX Internet traffic graph from 2019 to March 2021

Internet traffic growth in DE-CIX Frankfurt

DE-CIX Frankfurt has increased its Internet traffic from about 6 Tbps in March 2020 to about 7 Tbps in March 2021; as shown in the following graph.

DE-CIX Frankfurt Internet traffic graph from 2016 to March 2021

Internet traffic growth in DE-CIX Madrid

DE-CIX Madrid has increased its Internet traffic from about 350 Gbps in March 2020 to about 600 Gbps in March 2021; as shown in the following graph.

DE-CIX Madrid Internet traffic graph from 2019 to March 2021

Growth in Internet traffic within the European Union

In general, Internet traffic has grown within all the European Union, according to data from the Internet exchange point directory report by Packet Clearing House. Among the countries that have experienced a larger growth, there are the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Luxembourg. Here are some examples, according to PCH data, of how Internet traffic has increased in the EU:

CountryMarch 2020March 2021
Netherlands7.31 Tbps8.76 Tbps
Germany6.52 Tbps7.26 Tbps
France1.54 Tbps2.05 Tbps
Italy627 Gbps852 Gbps
Spain532 Gbps750 Gbps
Bulgaria545 Gbps655 Gbps
Austria485 Gbps624 Gbps
Luxembourg46.7 Gbps158 Gbps
Lithuania55 Gbps102 Gbps
Latvia3.56 Gbps8.9 Gbps

Growth in global Internet traffic

As for the rest of the world, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Chile and Bolivia are among the countries that have experienced the largest growth. The following table shows some of the countries where Internet traffic has increased the most, according to PCH data:

CountryMarch 2020March 2021
India372 Gbps945 Gbps
Chile105 Gbps671 Gbps
South Korea70 Gbps227 Gbps
Luxembourg46.7 Gbps158 Gbps
Nigeria42.1 Gbps120 Gbps
Turkey31.4 Gbps88.5 Gbps
Peru16 Gbps39 Gbps
Argentina7.63 Gbps19.5 Gbps
Cambodia4 Gbps10 Gbps
Paraguay2.4 Gbps5.5 Gbps
Bhutan1.13 Gbps5.2 Gbps
Bolivia619 Mbps2.1 Gbps
Botswana364 Mbps1 Gbps
Egypt15 Kbps1.8 Gbps
Zimbabwe37.3 Mbps240 Mbps

Find more about the role of Internet Exchange Points in making interconnection easier and more efficient.

Growth in Internet traffic from 2020 to 2021 (infographics)

Internet traffic growth from 2020 to 2021 infographics

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