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Internet: Data traffic on the Internet is increasing sharply

International internet traffic rose sharply again last year. DE-CIX, one of the world’s leading internet exchange operators, recorded an increase in data traffic of almost a quarter (23 percent) at its locations worldwide. These statistics include not only the network node in Frankfurt am Main, but also the distribution points in Mumbai, New York, Madrid and other DE-CIX locations, which connect more than 3,100 local, regional and global networks.

As in the previous year, football ensured the highest data throughput. The annual high was reached on the evening of November 8, 2023 – parallel to the fourth matchday of the UEFA Champions League – with 22.4 terabits per second. For comparison: at a rate of one terabit per second, around 125 billion letters can be transmitted per second. That’s roughly 25 billion words.

On November 8th, a new local record was measured at DE-CIX Frankfurt. The nearly 1,100 networks connected there exchanged a total of 16.62 terabits per second of data traffic at peak times that day. The DE-CIX Frankfurt will remain Europe’s largest Internet exchange with 40 exabytes of data throughput in 2023.

More than 59 exabytes of data exchanged

In total, more than 59 exabytes of data were exchanged at the DE-CIX internet nodes in 2023. In practical terms, this means: This amount of bits and bytes is created when all 84 million German citizens watch 116 films online per year – from infants to grandmothers, DE-CIX announced.

The Internet exchange recorded seasonal differences in the type of data usage. Gaming services were particularly in demand at the beginning and middle of 2023. Video conferences were often used outside of the holiday months in spring and late summer. Video streaming generated particularly high data traffic in summer and winter.

DE-CIX operates one of the world’s largest internet exchanges in Frankfurt am Main. The company also offers its services in over 50 metropolitan areas in Europe, Africa, North America, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia. The network node in Frankfurt has been driving the construction of new data centers in the Main region for years. Most recently, Google opened a data center for its cloud services in Hanau, 20 kilometers away.

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