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Internet traffic over AMS-IX, one of the world’s leading interconnection/peering platforms, broke through the 8 Terabits per second (Tbps) barrier on March 30 around 9:00 PM. The new peak traffic is most likely a result of the various quarantine measures of national governments in their effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

8 Terabits per second accounts for astronomical amounts of data traffic. It would correspond to the simultaneous transmission of up to 320.000 videos in 4k HD quality or a data volume of approximately 200 million A4 pages of text, which is roughly 175.000 times the complete works of William Shakespeare, according to AMS-IX.

In February, the daily amount of traffic exchanged on the platform was between 48 to 50 Petabyte. However, after the 11th of March – the day that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic – AMS-IX saw a steep rise in the amount of Internet traffic exchanged over their AMS-IX Amsterdam platform.

People are forced to stay at home and, as a result, make extra use of digital services. Currently, the traffic volume would account for 56 to 58 Petabyte on a daily basis, an increase of 17% compared to the previous month.

Upgrading Network Port Capacity

Peter van Burgel
“Millions of people are quarantined and depend on their Internet services for work and to keep a line with the outside world,” said Peter van Burgel, CEO of AMS-IX.

“We are aware of our critical role as vital infrastructure and have taken all necessary measures to facilitate Internet growth,” said Peter van Burgel, CEO of AMS-IX. “Millions of people are quarantined and depend on their Internet services for work and to keep a line with the outside world.”

Over 875 networks are now connected to the Amsterdam interconnection hub, 75% of them being of European origin. The last couple of weeks, a lot of networks have been upgrading their network port capacity to handle the traffic growth, stated AMS-IX.

Connecting to AMS-IX ensures customers such as Internet service providers, telecom companies and cloud service providers (CSPs) that their global IP traffic is routed “in an efficient, fast, secured, and stable way.”