Latin America internet capacity reaches 14.6Tbps

13 August 2014 | Kavit Majithia


The Latin American region has seen its international internet capacity increase four fold in the last five years to reach 14.6Tbps, according to data from research group TeleGeography.

According to research, approximately 86%, equating to 12.6Tbps of Latin America’s bandwidth, is now connected to the US and Canada to become the world’s highest capacity inter-regional internet route.
 
Latin America to US-Canada internet bandwidth grew a mammoth 43% between 2013 and 2014, surpassing the 10.5Tbps of service in the Europe to US-Canada route and the 10.4Tbps service on the Asia to US-Canada connection.

These three routes, according to the research firm, has had more capacity in service than that of the Asia-Europe, Africa-Europe, Latin America-Europe and Africa-Asia routes combined, since 1999, when TeleGeography first began tracking the statistic.

“In terms of total capacity, including private networks and Internet bandwidth, the trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific routes remain the largest,” said TeleGeography analyst Cody Williams. “Private network capacity appears to have dampened the growth of Internet capacity on those routes, allowing the Latin America-U.S. & Canada route to catch up.”
 
Latin America’s bandwidth is now mainly connected to the US and Canada, while Asia and Europe has regional capacity spread across many routes.
 
TeleGeography’s report added that 80% of Europe’s international internet bandwidth is intra-regional, while bandwidth in Asia is spread across the US, Canada, Europe and intra-regionally.