Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) Breaks Through 5 Terabits Per Second Ceiling

The AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) broke through the 5 Terabits per second (Tbps) ceiling on November 20 at around 8:30 pm. Several factors are behind this new record in peak Internet traffic – one of which is the growth of the total capacity of the operational customer connections at the Internet Exchange by an additional 4.5 Tbps, compared to the end of 2015.

With a new total connected capacity of 21.8 Tbps, AMS-IX would clearly rank among the largest Internet Exchanges in the world.

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“In May we surpassed the 20 Tbps mark for our total connected capacity, followed by exceeding the number of 800 connected networks,” said Job Witteman, CEO of AMS-IX.

The Cisco Visual Networking Index gives several possible reasons for the significant growth of Internet traffic in Western Europe, as seen at AMS-IX. Predictions include continued growth of video traffic, to 80% of all Internet traffic in 2020, up from 61% in 2015.

With expectations like these the 5 Tbps peak traffic record is unlikely to last long. Just in Western Europe there are expected to be 3.7 billion devices with an IP connection in 2020, up from 2.1 billion in 2015. In the same period, average Internet traffic per Western European household is also expected to grow by 135%, from 48.7 to 114.7 Gbps per month.

“From our vantage point as an Internet node many signs of growth were already apparent to us this year,” said Job Witteman, CEO of AMS-IX. “In May we surpassed the 20 Tbps mark for our total connected capacity, followed by exceeding the number of 800 connected networks and now we have broken our record for peak internet traffic. Breaking through these barriers makes us proud and positive about the future. The fact that in the first nine months of 2016 a whopping 90% of the newly connected parties were from outside the Netherlands (compared to 86% in 2015) also confirms how attractive our platform is for international parties.”