Never before has so much data per second been exchanged at an Internet Exchange: On the evening of 12 September, the data traffic rate of the DE-CIX in Frankfurt reached a new record high - 5.88 Terabits per second.
Almost simultaneously, new all-time peaks were reached in Madrid and Dubai.
"In Frankfurt, we managed to break our own record. Up until now, DE-CIX’s highest value for data exchange at peak times was 5.6 Terabits per second. With that value, we already ranked at first place worldwide," says Harald A. Summa, CEO of DE-CIX Management GmbH.
“We assume that it was the introduction of the new Apple devices which caused the data traffic to go through the roof, and are already curious to see how the roll-out of iOS 11 will affect the traffic. I believe that, by then, at the latest, we will succeed in cracking 6 Terabits per second," concludes Summa.
Data traffic at Internet Exchanges generally moves along wave movements and reflects the daily rhythm of Internet use, starting at 6 a.m. and reaching its peak at around 9 p.m. Seasonal variations – whereby people are less online in summer than in the autumn/winter months - can also be registered.