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Booming Transatlantic IP Traffic

Posted by: Michael Mandel on February 15

This is really a sidebar to the knowledge economy story. Level 3 Communications just reported that “IP traffic carried across Level 3’s transatlantic network has doubled in the last twelve months.” Level 3 operates one of the biggest Internet backbones in the world, so this is major stuff.

Another data point: Telegeography, a research company, estimates that “average trans-Atlantic internet traffic grew 42% between 2004 and 2005.”

It’s all about the information flows.

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Reader Comments


February 15, 2006 01:18 PM

Yes but I see you're trying to conceal the FACT that the U.S. DOWNLOADs far more Internet traffic than it UPLOADs. This growing packet-deficit must be financed by borrowing data from foreigners -- or outright selling of our own binary digits. We're mortgaging our childrens' bit-inheritance, which will leave them data-poor.

And its all George Bush's fault.

Al Gore


February 15, 2006 02:58 PM

I suspect that the USA actually has a bit surplus. After all, according to estimates saying that a large fraction of internet traffic is copyright infringement. Europeans downloading US (Canadian) movies and TV shows, etc.

Brian Cordell

February 16, 2006 12:08 PM

One word. Skype.


February 17, 2006 02:41 AM

Yep - Skype. I strongly suspect that this doesn't have anything to do with the "knowledge economy", but, instead the moving of our same old voice conversations onto IP. It would be interesting to see the stats.


February 17, 2006 12:58 PM

I agree with the Skype company. We have international operations and started using Skype about two months ago. Our international phone bill has all but gone away. I would have to imagine that Skype uses a fair amount of bandwidth.

It would be interesting to see if there are any hard numbers on what the content is. I'll be it's VoIP.

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