International Internet traffic is Alive and Well! International Internet traffic grew 57 percent from mid-2006 and mid-2007, according to Telegeography’s Global Internet Geography. While it is less than the stellar 74 percent growth in the previous year, it’s still a huge improvement by most standards.
Note: percentage growth numbers are relative to the first half of the previous year. For example, Average International Internet traffic grew 57% from the first half of 2006 to the first half of 2007.
Interestingly, Internet Bandwidth grew significantly in 2007. This means that Internet Service Providers and Internet Backbone Providers have invested in significant increases in available bandwidth during this time. They will not be disappointed – I expect International Internet usage to grow handily for the next several years.
There’s no doubt that high-bandwidth applications such as video are expanding the average traffic on the Internet. At the same time, Internet traffic is also growing because the Internet is reaching more and more places, particularly as wireline and wireless broadband access becomes more prevalent. That should be good news for the world!