Global internet capacity grew by 35% in 2020: TeleGeography

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TeleGeography, a worldwide telecommunications market research, and consulting company, has declared a 35% growth in international internet capacity, from about 450 Tbps to more than 600 Tbps between 2019 and 2020. The Global Internet Map 2021 analyzes traffic, capacity, and pricing data, and the latest cloud infrastructure section at the global level puts the six major cloud providers of industry on the map.

Sponsored by Netskope, TeleGeography’s Global Internet Map 2021 shows mainly the insights into the world’s internet exchanges. These include the number of exchanges in every country and the number of deployments by region in the last five years. Key estimates include metro-to-metro area internet bandwidth, intraregional internet bandwidth, metro area internet bandwidth, and the top 50 metro areas ranked.

“It’s been very interesting to track global trends in terms of capacity and traffic over the past year and learning how operators responded to the pandemic. Our latest data shows that global capacity and internet traffic surged in 2020, mostly driven by the widespread remote work and learning, with more people relying on the internet than ever before,” said Anahí Rebatta, Senior Analyst at TeleGeography.

“It’s a great feeling to release a new map and share all of these insights with the industry. And this year we’re layering in even more cloud infrastructure data, including six new cloud service provider maps showing active and planned cloud regions, number of availability zones, and on-ramps,” she added.

The map reveals key insights that involve:

  • Regional Capacity – Europe has the highest regional potential and also has seen the largest growth from 2019 to 2020.
  • Global Peak Traffic – The traffic of peak international internet grew at a compound annual rate of 30% from 2016 and 2020.
  • Global Average Traffic – Average international internet traffic grew from about 120 Tbps to 170 Tbps between 2019 to 2020.
  • COVID-19 Impact – The peak traffic growth rate for 2019 to 2020 was predicted at 28%, although the observed level for the same period was much higher at 47%.

“Netskope is proud to support TeleGeography’s 2021 Global Internet Map. We believe a secure and safe internet supports long-term growth and innovation. The disruptions the world saw in 2020 showed the mission-critical nature of the internet and the value it delivers to both businesses and people,” said Joe DePalo, SVP of Platform Engineering at Netskope. “Visibility and insights are vital components of any digital transformation journey, and through the sponsorship of this map we aim to help more businesses respond to global trends and secure their networks.”

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