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Press Release -- April 29th, 2015
Source: DE-CIX

DE-CIX Frankfurt Surpasses New Record Traffic Peak of 4 Terabits per Second

Growing Internet Exchange Handles World’s Largest Traffic Volume

FRANKFURT, GERMANY–(Marketwired – Apr 29, 2015) – DE-CIX, the world’s leading exchange operator, announces that it has exceeded a new traffic milestone of 4 Terabit/s at its flagship Frankfurt exchange. For the past week, new record traffic peaks have inched up daily toward this incredible number, and the 4 Terabit/s level was finally surpassed on Tuesday evening, April 28.

When talking about data transmissions speeds, a terabit is technically one trillion bits of information, or 1,000,000,000,000 (1012). In terms of everyday technology, the 4 Terabit/s speed is the equivalent of sending 4 billion emails through the Frankfurt exchange every single second.

“The development that the Internet has experienced over the last 20 years is truly unbelievable,” states Harald A. Summa, DE-CIX CEO. “When we started DE-CIX in 1995, we served three Internet Service Providers and offered a total capacity of 10 Megabits. In contrast, today we have a total capacity of 48 Terabits and hundreds of global customers. In 2005, our peak speed reached 22 Gigabit/s, and now today we’re clicking along at rates above 4 Terabit/s. HD videos, the growing number of mobile end-user devices and Cloud Computing are driving Internet data growth rapidly along. The end is nowhere in sight.”

Indeed, the 2014 Global Internet Report from the Internet Society confirms this growth. The Internet first hit 1 billion global users in 2005, and 2 billion users in late 2010. Now, in early 2015, we are fast approaching 3 billion worldwide users. Smartphones represented 50 percent of all mobile phones in early 2014, with the capacity to upload and download information from the palm of the hand. Yet, despite these wildly impressive numbers, the majority of the world’s population is still not online, representing continued growth potential that service providers around the world are working diligently to tap.

To handle these new “normal” data quantities, a growing number of DE-CIX customers are upgrading their connections at DE-CIX exchanges to 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100 GE). And DE-CIX, now in its 20th year, has continued to expand to new locations around the world where the peering environment is fractured or has not existed in the past. DE-CIX now operates Internet exchanges in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, New York and at UAE-IX in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. DE-CIX also recently announced that it will bring new Internet exchanges online in Q3 2015 in Marseille, France, and Palermo, Italy.

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About DE-CIX
DE-CIX provides premium Internet exchange (IX) services and operates several carrier-neutral and independent Internet exchanges internationally. Founded in 1995, DE-CIX has established an environment for the bilateral settlement-free exchange of Internet traffic, called peering. The company serves 700+ carriers, ISPs and content networks from 60+ countries, including all leading international players in Frankfurt (Germany), New York (USA), Dubai (UAE), Palermo (Italy), Marseille (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Munich (Germany). With 4+ Terabits per second of peak traffic, DE-CIX Frankfurt is the world’s leading Internet exchange. DE-CIX is your one-stop-shop for Peering, Interconnection and additional IX services. For more information, please visit


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