AMS-IX knotenpunkt traffic is Growing Again since Aug-Sept

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Snapshot of Graph of AMS-IX traffic on October 11, 2018.

Good news. The total digital dataflow traffic of one of the biggest Internet Exchanges in the world,  AMS-IX is growing sharply since August and September 2018. At the “Amsterdam Exchange”, where access network providers do peering and transit, also video stream providers interconnect and mobile network operators connect for roaming, and private/corporate networks, including the NRENs (National Research and Education Networks) etc.

The post-summer growth is usual since then schools and higher education welcome their new and growing student populations who get their EduRoam onsite network accesss and EduGAIN . But we had an unusual sunny summer which even now gives 26 degrees C Indian summers. And on hot days people do not take their laptops or smartphones to the beach.  But now traffic is coming back.

The biggest drivers for traffic growth are the CDNs (Content Delivery Networks) for Netflix etc. These have built private networks largely outside the IX networks. My expectation is that Cloud computing and Interconnection of Corporate Networks and FttH for COOPERATION will take over as traffic growth drivers. And the much applauded 5G (if it can deliver beter price/perf than Wi-Fi ++) and IoT (with low latency).

jaap van till, TheConnectivist


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