Study: Global Internet Bandwidth Capacity and Traffic Remain High


Telegeography’s Global Internet Geography Research Service shows that the COVID-related increase in Internet traffic and bandwidth was mostly an anomaly and that the patterns we’ve been seeing recently have returned. The rise of international Internet traffic and bandwidth has been steadily reducing in recent years, although the figures are still high.

Until now, 2022 saw a 28 percent increase in global Internet bandwidth, following the trend of things getting back to ‘normal’ after the pandemic-induced spike in 2020, according to Telegeography’s global study.

The total worldwide bandwidth currently stands at 997Tbps, a 29 percent CAGR over the past four years. Despite the COVID hiccup, growth has remained sluggish. The bandwidth has nearly tripled since 2018, though.

There has been significant capacity increase in all geographic areas. Africa saw the fastest increase in global internet bandwidth, with a compound annual growth rate of 44 percent between 2018 and 2022. With a 35 percent compound annual growth rate during the same period, Asia is growing slower than Africa.

Bandwidth Growth by Region

Internet bandwidth expansion broadly parallels that of global internet traffic, stated Telegeography. Between 2018 and 2022, bandwidth grew at a compound annual growth rate of 29 percent, which was slightly higher than the 30 percent increase in average and peak international Internet traffic. The COVID-19-related stay-at-home activities caused an increase in traffic from 2019 to 2020.

The average and peak traffic for 2021–2022, as a result of the reversion to more typical usage patterns, has significantly decreased.

As one might anticipate, the return to more typical use patterns has led to a significant decrease in both average and peak traffic for the years 2021–2022.

Between 2019 and 2020, average traffic growth decreased from 47 percent to 29 percent, while peak traffic growth decreased from 46 percent to 28 percent for the same time period.

Telegeography is analyzing the meaning of substantial data sets on Internet traffic and capacity in their Global Internet Geography Research Service. Additionally, they go through IP transit price variables and the function of distinct backbone providers. The report can be found here.