Global Internet Capacity Grew by 35% in 2020

TeleGeography has revealed a 35 percent growth in international internet capacity, from around 450 Tbps to over 600 Tbps between 2019 and 2020.

Its 2021 Global Internet Map tracks global capacity, traffic, and pricing data, as well as a new cloud infrastructure section that puts the industry’s six major cloud providers on the map.

Sponsored by Netskope, TeleGeography’s 2021 Global Internet Map displays key insights into the world’s internet exchanges. These include the aggregate number of exchanges in each country and the number deployed by region over the past five years. Key projections include intraregional internet bandwidth, metro-to-metro area internet bandwidth, metro area internet bandwidth and the top 50 metro areas ranked.

The map reveals key insights that include:

  • Regional Capacity – Europe is the region with the highest regional capacity, and has also seen the largest growth from 2019 to 2020.
  • Global Peak Traffic – Peak international internet traffic increased at a compound annual rate of 30 percent between 2016 and 2020.
  • Global Average Traffic – Average international internet traffic increased from around 120 Tbps to 170 Tbps from 2019 to 2020.
  • COVID-19 Impact – The peak traffic growth rate for 2019 to 2020 was forecasted at 28 percent, however the observed level for the same period was much higher, at 47 percent.

The map is available as both an online interactive version or a physical version to hang on the wall or take to meetings. View the interactive map here.