The consistently high average data traffic has been the new normal for the past few months and we have seen an increase in overall data traffic and have hit new peaks in many of our Internet Exchanges worldwide. Video conferencing is still in high demand, as are various streaming services. Internet users also tend to be online more frequently and for longer periods during the day.
Real life events impact Internet traffic
In Frankfurt, the Internet traffic transmitted at peak times went by more than 10 percent. We also had a new all-time peak of 9.2 Terabits per second (Tbps) in late September, slightly up from the previous 9.1 Tbps.
At some of our regional exchanges in Germany, such as DE-CIX Dusseldorf, traffic has grown by more than 20 percent (measured according to data throughput). In Munich, where we did a big infrastructure upgrade this summer and added a new enabled site, the traffic has more than doubled to 73 Gigabit per second (Gbps) and is now higher than at the beginning of the pandemic lockdowns in March. Throughout the summer we also saw peaks in Hamburg which seem to have coincided with football matches. The highest peak was 156 Gbps – a jump of more than 70 percent compared to the previous record.