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DE-CIX

December 09, 2015 09:58 ET

Peak Data Traffic at DE-CIX Breaks 5 Terabit per Second Record

Solid Business Development, Global Data Growth Through Video and Smartphones Drive Milestone

FRANKFURT, GERMANY--(Marketwired - Dec 9, 2015) - For the second time in its 20th anniversary year, DE-CIX has broken traffic records at its Frankfurt Internet exchange. On December 8, 2015, DE-CIX measured the new active data traffic peak of 5 Terabit per second (Tbps). The milestone 4 Tbps-mark was first cracked in April of this year.

DE-CIX management attributes this strong increase to the excellent development of its business. An additional cause is the unending rapid data growth worldwide, which is driven predominantly by video content and the fast-moving expansion of Internet-enabled mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

DE-CIX Customers Increase Capacity by Over 40 Percent
"We are surprised ourselves how strongly our customer capacities have ramped up this year and how much the data traffic on our Internet exchange in Frankfurt has grown," states Harald A. Summa, DE-CIX CEO. "In total, the capacity booked by our customers at DE-CIX Frankfurt has increased by 40.3 percent, from 12.9 Terabit at the beginning of the year to 18.1 Terabit today. So far this year, we've also booked more than 50 100GE connections -- that is double the number we'd expected for the entire year. Additionally, through the end of the year, we will have connected more than approximately 100 new networks."

Despite this remarkable growth, DE-CIX is not bursting at its seams: the exchange's infrastructure was completely modernized in 2013 and has a total capacity of 48 Terabit.

Video Content and Mobile Devices Drive Data Traffic Worldwide
A large driver for global data growth is primarily video content, which results from video streaming, HDTV via Internet, online gaming and user-generated content in social networks like YouTube or Facebook. In addition, the constantly growing number of mobile devices is clearly pushing worldwide data traffic higher, since these devices enable access to content from anyone, anywhere and at any time.

As an example, in its current Visual Networking Index, Cisco predicts that mobile data traffic will grow 10-fold between 2014-2019, which will be three times as fast as the traffic on fixed line networks. While mobile data traffic in 2014 represented only four percent of total IP traffic, the Cisco report predicts that that figure will grow to 14 percent by 2019.

About DE-CIX
DE-CIX provides premium Internet exchange (IX) services and operates several carrier-neutral and independent Internet exchanges internationally. Founded in 1995, DE-CIX has established an environment for the bilateral settlement-free exchange of Internet traffic, called peering. The company serves 800+ carriers, ISPs and content networks from 60+ countries, including all leading international players in various metro markets in Europe, the Middle East and North America. With 5+ Terabits per second of peak traffic, DE-CIX Frankfurt is the world's leading Internet exchange. DE-CIX is your one-stop-shop for Peering, Interconnection and additional IX services. For more information, please visit www.de-cix.net.

Contact Information

  • For DE-CIX media inquiries, please contact:
    Harald A. Summa
    CEO
    Ivo Ivanov
    Director Strategic Development
    Phone: +49 69 1730902-21
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