AMS-IX hits 5Tbps record traffic throughput

21 November 2016 | Alan Burkitt-Gray


Amsterdam’s AMS-IX internet exchange says it broke all its traffic records on Sunday evening.

The exchange hit a data rate of 5Tbps at 8:30pm local time on Sunday 20 November, though the company does not expect the record to last long, said the CEO.


“In May we surpassed the 20Tbps mark for our total connected capacity, followed by exceeding the number of 800 connected networks and now we have broken our record for peak internet traffic,” said Job Witteman, CEO of AMS-IX.

“Breaking through these barriers makes us proud and positive about the future. The fact that in the first nine months of 2016 a whopping 90% of the newly connected parties were from outside the Netherlands – compared to 86% in 2015 – also confirms how attractive our platform is for international parties.”

Growth has been apparent through the year, said AMS-IX, pointing to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, which has forecast a continued growth of video traffic, to 80% of all internet traffic in 2020, up from 61% in 2015.

There are expected to be 3.7 billion devices with an IP connection in western Europe in 2020, up from 2.1 billion in 2015. Average internet traffic per western European household is expected to grow in the same period by 135%, from 48.7 to 114.7Gbps a month.

“From our vantage point as an internet node many signs of growth were already apparent to us this year,” said Witteman. The average traffic through AMS-IX for the Sunday was 3.49Tbps. In November 2015 the average daily traffic was around 2.5Tbps.