DE-CIX internet traffic peaks at record 5Tb/s

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For the second time in a year, the DE-CIX has broken traffic records at its Frankfurt Internet exchange. On 8 December 2015, DE-CIX measured an active data traffic peak of 5Tb/s, having cracked the 4Tb/s barrier back in April.

‘We are surprised ourselves how strongly our customer capacities have ramped up this year and how much the data traffic on our Internet exchange in Frankfurt has grown,’ said Harald Summa, DE-CIX CEO. ‘In total, the capacity booked by our customers at DE-CIX Frankfurt has increased by 40.3 per cent, from 12.9 terabits at the beginning of the year to 18.1 terabits today. So far this year, we’ve also booked more than fifty 100 Gigabit Ethernet connections – that is double the number we’d expected for the entire year.’

Despite this remarkable growth, DE-CIX says it is not bursting at its seams: the exchange’s infrastructure was completely modernised in 2013 and has a total capacity of 48Tb/s. The DE-CIX infrastructure is based on optical transport technology from ADVA Optical Networking and Alcatel-Lucent’s 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS)core router.

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